Temples of Kerala
Story Dated: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 22:2 hrs IST
Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor
Venue: Guruvayoor, Trichur District
The Sree Krishna Temple has a central place in the spiritual space among Keralites, especially Hindus. The temple is most revered and eulogized in poetry, literature and songs.
The temple is located at the sleepy temple town of Guruvayoor in Trichur district. The central deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu in the Krishna avatara. Devotees from all over the state, from neighboring states and abroad throng the temple with great devotion. There are hundreds of legends, stories and testimonials about Guruvayoorappan.
The temple itself, is a structural marvel and engineering excellence, unparalleled in its unique Kerala style of architecture. The idol of Lord Vishnu is of a rare stone called Patala Anjanam, which is considered to have powers. He is depicted as standing holding a Shank (conch), Chakra (wheel), Gada (mace), Pankajam (lotus) in four holy arms and with a radiant smile.
The golden flag staff, Koothambalam Krishnattasala (where Krishnattom used to be staged), Mandapam resplendent with beautiful carvings all arrest the attention of a visitor. The painting around the same turns sanctorum depicting the stories of infant Krishna, works of everlasting beauty of the ancient art. The number of pilgrims keeps growing every year.
This has led to a boom in the temple town with many posh new hotels and restaurants coming up. The sculpture of Garuda and the statue of the legendary majestic elephant Guruvayoor Kesavan are also seen in township. Entry to the temple is restricted to Hindus.
Visitors are enjoined to strictly follow the dress code conforming and becoming of visit of Hindu temples in Kerala.