Guruvayur is the holy abode of Lord Krishna, one of the forms of Lord Vishnu. A bustling pilgrim town it is located in the Thrissur district of Kerala. Guruvayur is one the most famous religious destinations in God's Own Country. Thousands of devotees throng to this city year after year. The temple is called "Bhooloka Vaikuntam" meaning "Holy abode of Vishnu on earth" as this shrine is the most important place of worship among Hindu's.
One of the main attractions here is the idol of Lord Krishna endowed with four arms, each carrying a conch - Panchjanya, a discus - Sudharshana Chakra, the mace - Koumudaki and a lotus respectively.
The name Guruvayur is derived out of three words - Guru (Brihaspathi), Vayu (Wind God) and Oor (Land), It is believed that Guru found a floating Krishna Statue during the start of Kaliyuga and he installed this image with the help of Vayu at this place.
Travelers have to note that non Hindus are not allowed in this temple. The temples rigid customs are closely related to a period where Samuthiri Kings ruled parts of Kerala. Another jewel in the crown of the Guruvayur temple is that the Krishnattam Kali, a folk dance of Kerala; originated in this very premises of the Guruvayur temple. Ever since, Guruvayur is known to be a popular venue promoting Carnatic music & traditional dance forms. Performing in the premises of this temple is an honor for any Carnatic musician.
There are many popular attractions in the city and nearby areas. The elephant sanctuary at Punnathur Kotta, the Mammiyur temple, ISKCON centre and Chowallur beach are well worth a visit. The Guruvayur temple is also renowned as a special venue for Hindu marriages, as many people believe that beginning this blessed chapter in their lives in the presence of their revered deity is very auspicious.
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