Dedicated to Lord Krishna and one of the most important temple in Kerala and known as Dwaraka of South India, the Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple is also known as "Bhooloka Vaikunta", believed to be at least 5,000 years old. The main deity here is Lord Vishnu, worshipped in the form of Krishna. The idol is believed to have worshipped by Vasudeva and Devaki, Lord Krishna’s parents in Treta yuga. When the city of Dwaraka got submerged in water, Brihaspati, the preceptor of Gods and his disciple Vayu, God of winds, went in search of another holy spot to install the idol. Their search ended with meeting Parasurama They were taken by Parasurama to a beautiful lake full of lotus and the idol was placed here, which is now Guruvayur temple. The temple was built by Vishwakarma the divine architect. Over the years, Guruvayur increased in popularity, especially after 16th century when it became one of the most popular pilgrimage centres in Kerala.
Best Time To Visit:
The ideal time to pay visit to Guruvayur is between the months of October and March.
The temple is located about 29 km from Thrissur. Guruvayur is well connected from all major towns of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Various private and state government-owned bus companies operate regular services to this temple town.
Nearest Railway Station:
Guruvayur Railway station. The nearest major railway station with better connectivity is at Thrissur.
Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery, near Kochi.
Dress Code For Entering The Temple:
Strict dress code exists for people who wish to enter the Guruvayur Temple. Men are to wear mundu around their waist, without any dress covering their chest. But it is allowed to cover the chest region with a small piece of cloth (veshti). Boys are allowed to wear shorts, but they are also prohibited from wearing a shirt. Girls and women are not allowed to wear any trouser-like dresses or short skirts. Women are allowed to wear sari and girls are to wear long skirt and blouses. Presently, the dress code for women have been relaxed with salwar being allowed.
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