Guruvayoor Temple in Kerala, India
Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple is located in the town of Guruvayoor, Trichur district in Kerala, India. However, today Guruvayoor or Guruvayur (another variation of the word) is synonymous with the Sree Krishna or Guruvayurappan Temple located there. So that when anybody says he is going to Guruvayoor, it is understood that it may be to this famous temple. Even if a person is vaguely aware of Hindu culture, religion or mythology, the name “Guruvayoor/Guruvayur” ought to strike a familiar chord with him or her.
The Sanctum Sanctorum (Sreekovil) is designed in 2 layers with copper sheet roofing plated with gold. The Presiding deity is MAHAVISHU. However people at large pray to the Lord as UNNIKRISHNAN or UNNIKANNAN.
Guruvayoor Temple Customs
Only Hindus are allowed to enter the Guruvayoor temple. Wearing shirts, trousers, vests, pyjamas, lungis (printed dhotis), footwear etc. is forbidden. Hence ladies can wear saris and skirts and blouses while the men can wear plain white or cream dhoti.
The Elephant Sanctuary in Guruvayoor
The Guruvayur elephant sanctuary, 3 Kms away from Sree Krishna It is the largest elephant sanctuary, with more than 62 trained elephants, all in one campus.
Guruvayoor Temple timing
- 3.00 am to 12.30 pm and 4.30 pm to 9.15 pm