Location: Guruvayoor (Kerala)
By Road: Guruvayoor
By Train : Nearest railway station is Guruvayoor
By Flight : Nearest airport is Kochi International Airport (87 km)
Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centers of Kerala in Thrissur district, the cultural capital of Kerala. The Guruvayoor temple (29 K.ms from Thrissur) is considered to be one of the 5 Krishna/Vishny temples in the country. The presiding deity in the sanctum sanctorum is Lord Vishnu worshiped in the form of Lord Krishna, h According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, God of the winds. The legend says the deity in Guruvayur is more than 5000 years old.In 1716 AD the Dutch plundered the temple and set fire. It was rebuilt in 1747 AD.
Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple Festivals: The festivals of special significance in Guruvayur temple includes Vishu: Vishu, the Malayalam New Year day falls on the mid April. One’s fortunes for the year depends on the auspiciousness of the objects he/she sees first on wake up in the morning. Accordingly a kani (omen) consisting of special flowers , raw rice, gold, betel leaves and nuts, cucumber and coins are arranged in front of the family deity in the previous night itself to them at first glimpse on waking up in the morning. The same from Guruvayur is considered very auspicious. Millions of devotees stay overnight, blindfold themselves and set their eyes on the Kani and the glorious deity as the doors are as usual opened for the dharshan at 3 a.m.
Ashtami Rohini (Birth Day of Lord Krishna): In the month of Chingam (July-Aug), on the 8th day of the waning moon of Sravana is the day of Lord Krishna’s birth. A very special day in all Sree Krishna temples. Devotees flock in with appam (Cakes of rice paste and jaggery) considered the most favourite food of the Lord on that day.