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Though no historical records are available it is believed that the deity in the temple here is 5,000 years old According to legend, when Lord Krishna left this world and his golden city of Dwaraka was submerged in the ocean an idol of the Lord was saved from by Guru (mentor of the gods) who with the help of Vayu (the god of wind) brought it to Kerala. The place where the deity was installed thus got the name Guruvayur and the Lord is referred to here as Guruvayurappan.


From Guruvayur railway station, half a kilometre from the temple, one can get trains to Ernakulam, Thrissur, Trivandrum and Chennai. Thrissur and Ernakulam are connected by rail to almost all parts of India. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation and private bus services connect Guruvayur by road with many of the major places in Kerala. It is also connected by direct bus services to Palani, Madurai, Ooty, Coimbatore, Dindigul, Salem, Bangalore, and Kolloor.
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery, about 80 kilometre away.


During the war period of Tirunavayi The Zamorin became a devotee of Guruvayourappan and his subjects visited the temple in large numbers. The income derived from their offerings enabled the temple authorities to construct the eastern and western gopurams and encase the flagstaff in gold. The central shrine was rebuilt in 1638. By the end of the 17th century Guruvayur had become the most famous pilgrimage centre in Kerala. In the 18th century during the wars between the Dutch and the Zamorin the temple was plundered and destroyed. In 1766 Haidar Ali captured Guruvayur and saved temple from extinction. When Tipu Sultan came to Malabar in 1789 the idol was hidden away, to be reinstalled after the war in 1792. Inl970, a disastrous fire broke out in the temple. The Sree Kovil, the Vigraha and the sub shrines of Ayyappa (Sastha), Devi and Ganapathi as well as the flagstaff were left untouched by the fire.

About Temple

The temple is built in typical Kerala style with two entrances: the kizhekke nada (eastern entrance) and patinjare nada (western entrance). The outer enclosure or chuttambalam houses two small temples of Lord Sastha and Bhagavathy, and also contains the 33-metre high golden kodimaram (flag mast). The nalambalam or inner sanctum lies beyond this, and its walls are adorned with small oil lamps which provide a splendid sight in the evening when lit.

3.00 AM
3.00 AM - 3.10 AM
3.00 AM - 3.45 AM
3.45 AM - 4.15 AM
4.15 AM - 4.30 AM
4.30 AM - 5.30 AM
5.30 AM - 6.15 AM
6.15 AM - 7.15 AM
7.15 AM - 9.00 AM
9.00 AM - 11.30 AM
11.30 AM - 12.30 AM
Temple Opens
Nirmalya Darsanam
Oil Abisekam,Vakacharthu
Malarnivedyam & Alankaram
Usha Nivedyam
Usha Pooja, Ethirettu, Pooja Darsanam
Seeveli, Darsanam
Milk Abhishekam & Pantheeradi  Pooja
Uchapuja Pooja
4.30 PM
4.30 PM - 6.15 PM
6.15 PM - 6.45 PM
6.45 PM - 8.15 PM
8.30 PM - 9.00 PM
9.00 PM - 9.15 PM
9.15 PM
Temple Reopens
Seeveli, Darsanam    
Darsanam, Athazha Pooja  
Athazha Seeveli
Nada Closed
Uchapuja Puja

The uchapuja puja of the deity is conducted at the Bhagavati temple. The lord then returns to the garba griha after eleven circumambulations executed at a fast pace.

Thus the festival which starts with the elephant race also ends with it. The temple flag is now lowered marking the end of the festival.

Festivals (Kumbha Month)

The most important festivals celebrated at Guruvayur are the annual ten-day Ulsavam February and the Ekadasi festival in November-December.


Though all Ekadasi days are generally considered auspicious at Guruvayur Temple, the Ekadasi falling in the month of Vrichika (Nov - Dec) is considered most auspicious. According to mythology it was on this day Lord Krishna revealed the Bhagavad geetha to Arjuna at Kurukshetra.


The arattu takes place on the tenth day of the festival.


The arattu takes place on the tenth day of the festival.


Lakshadeepam takes place during Ekadasi festival

Elephant Race

It is believed that at a time when there was a shortage of elephants for the temple festival, some elephants from a nearby place presented themselves at Guruvayur for the festival. It is to commemorate this event that the elephant race is held.

Other Festivals
The other most celebrated festivals in the year:
  • The vishukani is celebrated in the month of April.
  • The illam Nira falls after the new Monday in the month of karkkadam.
  • The puthari nivedyam is celebrated after illam Nira in the month of July/August
  • The ashtami Rohini (Birth day of lord Krishna) is celebrated in the month of August/September
  • Onam is celebrated in the month of August/September
  • The Navrathri is celebrated in the guruvayur bagavathy temple in the month of September/October.
Rugmini Regency - Stay Close to the Lord
Rugmini Regency - Stay Close to the Lord
Rugmini Regency - Stay Close to the Lord

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Rugmini Regency - Stay Close to the Lord