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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Guruvayur Krishna Temple (Kerala-India)

Guruvayur Shri Krishna temple: located in Guruvayur, this temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is one of the most sacred temples of india. The idol is in the standing posture with four hands (Chaturbahu) that can carry the Sankhu (conch), the Sudarshana Chakram, the lotus and the mace. The lord is worshipped in many avataars, the favourite being that of infant krishna or Unnikrishnan. the idol of the deity is made of a rare stone known as Patala Anjanam. reference for this temple can be found as early as the 14th century. it is a classic example of the architecture of Kerala and the walls sport mural paintings, depicting episodes from the Purana. the door of the place where the idol is installed, as well as the ceiling, is covered in gold.
Timings: opens daily at 0300 am . Closed beween 12:30 pm and 04:30 pm
Temple info: poojas offered are : Nirmalyam, Thailabhishekam, Vakacharthu, Sankhabhishekam,Malar Nivedyam, Alankaram,Usha Nivedyam, Ethirettu pooja followed by Usha pooja, Seeveli, Palabhishekam, Navakabhishekam, Pantheeradi Nivedyam and Pooja,Ucha pooja (the noon pooja), Seeveli, Deeparadhana, Athazha pooja Nivedyam, Athazha pooja, Athazha seeveli, Thrippuka, Olavayana
To reach: 08 kms from national highway passing through Kunnamkulam. 30 minutes' drive from Thrissur. Buses every 05 minutes from Thrissur for the temple. Kerala Road Transport Corporation runs buses from all parts of the state to the temple. Guruvayur railway station is connected to the Madras-Mangalore main line at Thrissur. 80 kms from Kochi international airport. 100 kms from Calicut airport