Guruvayoor is hugely popular among tourists and it has been referred to as by many as the Dwarak of South India. The name of the place is derived from the ancient Guruvayoor Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The place is located in Kerala at the Thrissur district and rated among some of the most important places of worship. It is also known to many as “Bhuloka Vaikunta”, which means “the holy abode of Vishnu on earth”.
Just like Sabarimala and Tirupati, Guruvayoor has emerged as one of the most celebrated and crucial places for worship in the southern parts of the country. This temple is also believed to be the fourth biggest temple in the country in terms of daily footfall of the devotees. The name of Guruvayoor came from the amalgamation of three names – Guru i.e. God’s preceptor, Vayu i.e. Wind god and Oor i.e. a village.
The age old story says that Vayu and Guru came across a Krishna statue floating during the start of Kaliyuga and placed it on the banks of Rudratheertha Lake. This was the place where Parvati and Shiva were residing and they suggested that it was the right place to install the idol and they eventually shifted to Mammiyoor. Since, installing the statue it was named Guruvayoor.
It is this incident that made worshipping at Guruvayoor incomplete without doing a ritual to worship Shiva at the Mammiyoor temple. Guruvayoor temple has a huge reputation among the devotees because it is known for its huge number of elephants. The devotees who make offerings to Lord Krishna through rituals donate these elephants which belong to the Punnathur Kotta.
The place is different from the other places found in Kerala based on the kind of rituals that are found here. Guruvayoor is also known for its arts and culture and a lot can be learned from these temple arts. People who are looking to tour Guruvayoor can find plenty of accommodations that are affordable and provide excellent services. During the Ekadasi festival, Chembai Music Fest attracts over 2000 musicians who are experts in Carnatic music.
The place is located strategically close to some of the major towns and cities in the state of Kerala. It is ideal to visit this place during the festive season. There are plenty of places to visit around the area to come across some of the ancient shrines and temples of great value and art. A lot can be learnt about the ancient history of the place.
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