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SankaracharyaOnce Sankaracharya was on his aerial journey to Shringeri. While above Guruvayur he smiled at the pompousness and vivacity of the procession of Sreebhootha Bali (feeding celestial attendants) and tried to pass the temple without

making any obeisance to the Lord. Suddenly he came crashing down and the procession stopped there at the northwest corner.He soon recovered and saw the Lord in all his royalty. Realizing the cause of his fall, Sankaracharya prostrated before the Lord and tried to win the Lord's favour by chanting 8 slokas in praise of Govinda, known as Govinda ashtakam. The small opening in the roof over the North- West courtyard is in commemoration of this event. Sankaracharya is believed to have instituted the Mandala Vilakku (lighting of lamps for 41days).



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