Sree Krishna Temple - Guruvayur


Guruvayur is most famous for its temple, which is many centuries old and one of the most important in Kerala. The temple’s deity is Lord Guruvayurappan in the form of Balagopalan (Krishna in the form of a child). While non-Hindus are not permitted to enter the temple, Guruvayurappan has a strong believers from many religions.Krishnanattam Kali, a noted classical performing art that was instrumental in the initial development of the world-famous dance-drama Kathakali, has a good base in Guruvayur as the temple administration (Guruvayur Devaswom) runs a Krishnattam institute.


Thrissur Dist. Guruvayur, is located 29 kms north west of Kerala.100 km from Cochin.  

In addition, Guruvayur temple is famous for two renowned classical literary works: Narayaneeyam by Melpathoor Narayana Bhattathiri and Jnanappana by Poonthanam, both (late) authors being ardent devotees of Guruvayurappan. While Narayaneeyam is a brisk walk through of the Dasaavatharam (10 incarnations of Maha Vishnu) in Sanskrit, Jnanappana is in native Malayalam, observing the naked truths of life and preaching the do’s and dont’s.Guruvayur is a major venue for the south Indian classical Carnatic music, especially during its auspicious ekadasi day held in the memory of legendary vocalist Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, another ardent devotee of Guruvayurappan. The temple also holds the annual festival (ulsavam) in the Malayalam month of Kumbham (February-March) during which it hosts classical arts like Kathakali, Koodiyattam,Panchavadyam, Thayambaka and Panchari Melam. The place has given birth many noted percussionists of ethnic instruments like chenda, maddalam, timila, ilathalam and idakka. The temple is being run by the Guruvayur Devaswom Management Committee under the directions of Government of Kerala. The temporary members of committee are “nominated” by the ruling party of the state government from time to time. The permanent members are the current heads of the families of Chennas Mana (the heridatory Thantri of the temple), Samuthiri and Mallisseri Mana.


By air : Kochi international airport (Nedumbassery) is 80 kms from Guruvayur and the Calicut airport is 100 kms away. All major international flight services are operated from these airports.
By rail : Guruvayur has got a railway station towards the east of the temple which is connected to the Chennai-Mangalore main line at Thrissur.
By road : The National highway is passing through Kunnamkulam which is just 8 kms away from Guruvayur. The private bus stand is towards the east of the temple, near Manjulal (the banyan tree). It is half an hour drive by car from Thrissur and busses ply every 5 minutes from Thrissur to Guruvayur. Kerala Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs bus services from all major locations of the state and few inter-state services.


The Temple opens at 3.00 a.m.
03.00am to 03.30am Nirmalyam
03.20am to 03.30am Oilabhishekam, Vakacharthu, Sankhabhishekam
03.30am to 04.15am Malar Nivedyam, Alankaram
04.15am to 04.30am Usha Nivedyam
04.30am to 06.15am Ethirettu pooja followed by Usha pooja
07.15am to 09.00am Seeveli,Palabhishekam,Navakabhishekam,Pantheeradi Nivedyam, and Pooja
11.30am to 12.30pm Ucha pooja (the noon pooja)


The Devaswom provides several amenities for the comfortable stay of pilgrims. The devotees can reserve the rooms in advance. For this, full room rent and reservation charges should be sent to The Administrator, Guruvayur Devaswom, Guruvayur - 680101. by Demand Draft or Money Order well in advance. Full information about the reservation should be given along with the Demand Draft or Money Order. Satram : The Devaswom Satram located a little away from the Eastern Gopuram has 82 rooms with attached bath and 27 rooms with common bath. There are four blocks in the Satram, namely South Block, East Block, TC Block and Canteen Block. Kousthubham rest house : The Kousthubhamn rest house is situated adjacent to the sathram building. Panchajanyam rest house : The Panchajanyam rest house is situated a bit away to the south side of the east gopuram. Sreevalsam rest house : This guest house is located very near the south side of the temple’s east gopuram. There are six air.conditioned 2 bedded suits available here. There is a big lobby in front of the guest house. Available room rent from Rs.200 to 1400 + Tax. Contact - Ph : 0487-2556335.


The Administrator : Guruvayur Devaswom, Guruvayur - 680 101 Ph : 04872556335, 2556799, 2556347, 2556365, 2556538, 2556670, 2556672, Fax : 0487-2554844


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