Guruvayur is a small town in Thrissur district in the Indian state of Kerala. It lies 25 km to the north west of Thrissur City. Guruvayur is the most revered. And sacred pilgrimage centre of Hindus in Kerala. On any given day, the place witnesses
thousands of visitors
from India and abroad.
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Guruvayur is most famous for its temple, which is many centuries old and one of the most important in Kerala. The temple is famous as a site for pilgrimage and also a cultural centre as it is one of the centre-points along which Kerala literature and art-forms have been developed. The temple's deity is Lord Guruvayurappan. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter the temple.
The most prominent legend regarding the temple's statuette ('murthi' is preferred) relates to Guru Brihaspathi and Vayu, the Wind God.
At the start of the current yuga, Brihaspathi found a floating statuette of Lord Krishna. He and Vayu installed the statuette in this temple to help mankind in this yuga. This legend forms the basis for the names of both the statuette (Guruvayurappan) and the town.
Another attraction is the famous Elephant Sanctuary (Punnathur kotta) near the temple where elephants are trained for temple purposes. There are currently more than 60 elephants, all of whom were offered by devotees of Lord Guruvayurappan.
Elephant Sanctuary : at Punnathur kotta, GuruvayurThe temple is a main site for Hindu marriages. a record number of marriages take place each day at the temple some times crossing 100 in a single day. Devotees of guruvayurappan think it is a blessing to start married life in front of the lord.
GOLOKA RETREATS :The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has recently started on its center and guest house for pilgrims to the town.
ISKCON :is now establishing a welfare center in the holy land of Guruvayur to facilitate pilgrims and visitors from far and wide with a rich spiritual experience. One of the element of the complex is an International Guest House, the first phase of which is underway. Set in the core of the land of Guruvayur, Goloka Retreats is a five minute walk from the main Guruvayur temple and is sandwiched between the same and the famous Mammiyur Lord Shiva temple.
The Retreat will house a restaurant, one among 80 odd restaurants of the society all over the world, with select cuisine. An Ayurvedic spa and Yoga studio will keep you fit in a spiritual ambience designed for the change that you so much desire in your life.
Buses operate every few minutes from Thrissur Shaktan Thampuran Bus Stand. Buses also operate from Ernakulam,North Paravur, Kottayam, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Kottarakkara and Trivandrum. Passenger trains operate from the station to Thrissur and Kochi, as well as an overnight express train to Trivandrum and further to Chennai. Guruvayur is 80 km away from Kochi International Airport. if you are coming from calicut it will take approximately 2 hrs to reach guruvayur by bus.Goruvayur has a single plat form railway station with a few daily services.
As of the Indian census of 2001, Guruvayur had a population of 21,187. Males constitute 46% of the population and females 54%. Guruvayur has an average literacy rate of 85%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 86%, and female literacy is 85%. In Guruvayur, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
East: Thaikkad, Pookode Panchayat
South: Thaikkad Panchayath, Chavakkad Municipality
West: Chavakkad Municipality, Pookode Panchayath
North: Pookode Panchayath