Located in the Guruvayoor town, Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrim hubs in Kerala. It is one of the most revered temples in South India where the presiding deity Lord Vishnu is worshipped in Balkrishna Avtar. Lord idol is adorned with four hands each carrying a conch, a mace, a discus and a lotus and is also known by the name of Unnikrishnan. Garlanded with the Tulasi or Basil Garland and pearl necklace, the lord appears in full radiance blessing the devotees.
According to a legend, the temple was created by the preceptors of the Gods, Guru and God of winds, Vayu. The astonishing idol of Lord Unnikrishnan Guruvayur is made out of a rare mixture called Padala Anjanam instead of stone or metal which was more commonplace in the olden times. Simple in its construction, the spiritual charm of this place is unmatched and has devotees flocking to it from all over the country. However, this temple is open only to the believers of Hindu faith, and there might be long queues at the entrance but completely worth as you enter the temple complex.
Guruvayoor Temple Pooja Timings
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: 4:30 AM to 6:15 AM
Seeveli, Palabhishekam, Navakabhishekam, Pantheeradi Nivedyam, and Pooja: 7:15 AM to 9:00 AM
Ucha Pooja: 11:30 AM to 12.30 PM (the noon pooja)
The temple is closed between 1.30 PM and 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 closes: 9:15 PM
On the day of Special Illuminations called “Vilakku”, the Thripuka is performed after that. The Temple will be closed after Thripuka. Then the Krishnanattam, a colourful traditional dance-drama on Lord Krishna’s life is enacted inside the Temple on specified days.
*The timings given are approximate. It may vary if there is Udayasthamana pooja or on certain special occasions.
History of Guruvayoor Temple
Architecture of Guruvayoor Temple
Tips and Dress Code For Visiting Guruvayoor Temple
2. Make sure you remove your shoes outside the temple and cover your head.
3. You must wear the traditional dress only. Men should not wear a shirt inside the temple. Men should be in dhoti and towel and women should dress in saree or salwar kameez.
4. Be patient as sometimes it might take 5-6 hours to visit the inner part of the temple.
5. Mobiles, camera and other electronic devices are not allowed inside the temple.
6. Facility to keep your footwear safely is available right outside the temple. They also keep your electronic equipment safely in lockers.
7. No leather product is allowed.
8. Food and beverages from outside are not allowed inside the temple.