All About Guruvayur Temple
Guruvayoor is a small town located in the Thrissur district of Kerala state. The town is one of the most famous religious places in India as it abounds in temples and shrines. The most important temple in the region is the Guruvayoor Temple, which is also called as the 'Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple'.
The temple is open at 3 am and closees after the day's poojas and rituals around 10 pm. Normally there are five poojas and three circumambulatory processions called Sreeveli, propitiating the celestial deities and carrying the Loard's Thidambu on elephant's back. During the days of Udayasthamana Poojas there will be a total of twenty one poojas.
TEMPLE ETIQUETTES - DO'S AND DONT'S
- Ideally, entrance in to the temple for the darshan (new glimpse of the Lord) is made after a holy dip in the "Rudra theertham" (temple pond), and in the same wet clothes while querying up for the darshan, devotees are to maintain strict discipline and be careful about their ornaments and purses. They are not to stand on the belikkallu (Altar).
- Wearing shirts, trousers, vests, pyjamas, lungis( printed dhotis), footwear etc. is forbidden. Hence ladies can wear saris and skirts and blouses, Churidars while the men can wear plain white or cream dhoti.
- Possessions like Mobilephones, cameras, video cameras, tape-recorders etc. cannot be taken into the temple
- One should be careful not to spit or vomit in the temple. Very small children should not be taken inside. Those who are dirtying the temple will have to pay for the 'Punyaha' or purification ceremony.
- Begging inside the temple is forbidden.
- Newly married couples are not allowed inside the temple, soon after the marriage ceremony.
- Having browsed earlier on the glory of the Lord, the shrine at Guruvayur would surely be on your itinerary, the next time you plan your holiday. And when you do come, remember to adhere to these etiquettes.
3.00am to 3.30am Nirmalyam
3.20am to 3.30am Vakacharthu,
3.30am to 4.15am Malar Nivedyam, Alankaram
4.15am to 4.30am Usha Nivedyam
4.30am to 6.15am Ethirettu Pooja, Usha Pooja
7.15am to 9.00am Seeveli,Pantheeradi Nivedyam,
11.30am to 12.30pm Ucha pooja
4.30pm to 5.00pm Seeveli
6.00pm to 6.45pm Deeparadhana
7.30pm to 7.45pm Athazha pooja Nivedyam
7.45pm to 8.15pm Athazha pooja
8.45pm to 9.00pm Athazha seeveli
9.00pm to 9.15pm Thrippuka, Olavayana
9.15pm The Sreekovil will be closed.
On the day of Special Illuminations called "Vilakku" the Thripuka is performed after that. The Sreekovil 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 Temple opens at 3.00 AM & Temple will be closed between 1.30PM and 4.30PM and reopens at 4.30 PM