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Guruvayoor – Guruvayur Temple Timings, Dress Code, History

Guruvayur temple is one of the most famous temples of Sri Krishna in South India: It is situated approximately 33 km from Thrissur: Also, this city is considered the Dwarka of the Southern region: Sri Brahma used to worship Sri Krishna’s idol: He gifted the same to Sri Vishnu during Krishnavtaram: After seven days when Sri Krishna left for his heavenly abode, the city of Dwarka submerged: Vayu Deva, the Lord of winds and Guru were entrusted with the work: They had to find a suitable place to install the holy idol: After searching for a long time, Guru and Vayu installed the idol at the temple: This was carried out because Guru Parshuram had insisted:

The place got its name Guruvayur because both Guru and Vayu had installed the idol: Initially, the temple was known as Guruvayurappa: Later, the name was changed to Guruvayur and that is a very name well-known to all: Guruvayur temple is associated with ‘Narayaneeyam’ written in the 16th century by Melpattur Narayana Bhattathiri: The work is in Sanskrit comprising 1000 slokas [couplets] of inimitable beauty: It is believed that this work was composed by the author while sitting in front of the deity:

The beautiful idol of Sri Vishnu has four arms: Each arm is meant for carrying the conch, the discus, the mace and the lotus. Also, Sri Vishnu is adorned with tulsi garland: His pearl necklaces are made of the unique ‘Patala Anjanam’: Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple. Several weddings and Children’s first feedings take place in this extremely sacred temple of Kerala. The devotees seek the blessings of Sri Krishna for a happy future. In addition, the temple is famous for its healing power,

Guruvayoor – Guruvayur Temple Timings:

Morning: 3:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Evening: 4:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Guruvayur Temple Pooja Timing:

Nirmalyam – 3:00 AM to 3:30 AM:
Oilabhishekam, Vakacharthu, Sankhabhishekam – 3:20 AM to 3:30 AM:
Malar Nivedyam, Alankaram – 3:30 AM to 4:15 AM:
Usha Nivedyam – 4:15 AM to 4:30 AM
Ethirettu pooja followed by Usha pooja from 4:30 AM to 6:15 AM:
Seeveli,Palabhishekam, Navakabhishekam, Pantheeradi Nivedyam, and Pooja – 7:15 AM to 9:00 AM:
Ucha pooja (the noon pooja) – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The Temple will be closed from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm:

Seeveli – 4:30 pm to 5:00 PM
Deeparadhana – 6:00 pm to 6:45 PM
Athazha pooja Nivedyam – 7:30 pm to 7:45 PM
Athazha pooja – 7:45 pm to 8:15 PM
Athazha seeveli – 8:45 pm to 9:00 PM
Thrippuka, Olavayana – 9:00 pm to 9:15 PM
The Temple doors will be closed at 9:15 PM

On the day of the Special lighting festival which is called “Vilakku” the Thripuka is performed after Vilakku: The temple doors are closed after Thripuka: Then the Krishnanattam, a colorful traditional dance-drama on Sri Krishna’s life is enacted inside the Temple on specified days:

Guruvayoor – Guruvayur Temple Dress Code:

The dress code for men is Dhoti with or without Angavastra:
The dress codes for women are Sarees, Half Sarees, Dhoties, Salavar or Pavadas with a blouse or other coverings as appropriate to their age:
Note: Modern dresses like Trouser, and short skirts are not allowed: Girls below 12 years may wear gowns: No other types of dress should not be worn or taken inside the temple:

Guruvayurappan Temple


Festivals Celebrated in Guruvayur Temple :

1) Deepavali
2) Akshaya Thritheeya
3) Ashtamirohini
4) Thiruvathira (Ardha)
5) Sivarathri
6) Navarathri
7) Ashtami Vratham
8) Pradosham
9) Shashtee Vratham
10) Somavaravratham
11) Arkavratham
12) Harivasaram
13) Dwadasi
14) Ekadasi

Special Functions:

1) Poonthanam Day
2) Krishnageethi Day
3) Melpathur Day and Melpathur Memorial
4) Ashtamirohini
5) Ekadasi
6) Chembai Music Festival
7) Geetha Day
8) Aksharaslokam Competition
9) Commemoration of Kesavan
10) Kazhchakkula (Offering Plantain)
11) Religious Discourses on Mandala, Vaisakha and Karkkidaka
12) Samkrama sandhya
13) Sreemannarayaneeyam sapthaham
14) Bhagavatha sapthaham

Guruvayoor Temple Address:

Guruvayur Devaswom,
Kerala – 680 101:
Contact Numbers
Telephone (P:B:X:): +91 487 2556335, 2556347, 2556670, 2556672, 2556365, 2556538, 2555799, 2556346:

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