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Guruvayur Temple is a famous Hindu temple located at Guruvayur / Guruvayoor in Kerala state, India. Guruvayoor Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is regarded as one of the most important temples for Hindus.
[ The Main entrance to SreeKrishna Temple, Guruvayur. Photo By Arjun.theone (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. ]
The presiding deity at the Guruvayoor Temple is that of MahaVishnu. Lord Vishnu is worshiped according to routines laid down by the great Adi Shankaraacharya and in the tantric way. The Vedic traditions followed at Guruvayur temple is the hallmark of this temple. The deity worshiped at Guruvayur temple is said to be more than five thousand years old.
Guruvayoor temple is called the ‘Bhuloka Vaikunta’ which in English means ‘the abode of Vishnu on earth’.
There is a strict dress code for people wishing to enter the Temple. Men should wear traditional ‘Vesti’. Ladies can ‘wear either ‘Sarees’ or ‘Churidars’. (Chiridar was added to Saree, a few years ago, when the dress code relaxation issue was taken up).
How to Go to Guruvayur Temple
Guruvayur is well connected by road to other parts of India. It is 29 Kilometers from Thrissur. NH 47 (Salem – Kanyakumari Highway) passes through Thrissur.
Even though there is a railway station at Guruvayur (with station code “GUV”), only one long distance train, i.e. Guruvayur – Chennai train, goes to Guruvayoor railway station. The Major railway station near to the Guruvayur temple is at Thrissur, with railway station code, “TCR”. (Trichur is the old name of the city and Thrissivaperur is the Malayalam name of the city). Those coming by long distance trains from cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkotta, Chennai (by Thiruvananthapuram Mail, Thiruvanantapuram Exp or Allepy Express), Hyderabad, Bangalore, etc, are required to get down at Trissur.
Cochin International Airport at Nedumbrassery is the nearest airport at nearly 125 kilometers away.
Accomodation near the Guruvayur Temple / Guruvayoor Temple
There are many hotels with different rates suitable for all categories of pilgrims at Guruvayur. To cater to the ever-increasing number of pilgrims to Guruvayoor, there are a large number of new buildings, which are coming-up near to the temple and at nearby villages and cities.