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“Divine experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Guruvayur Temple

Guruvayur Temple
Guruvayur, India
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Guruvayur
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Divine experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Guruvayoor temple is one of the most famous Sri Krishna Temples and is almost 100 kms from both the Airports, Kochi & Kozhikode. You can also enter by train from Trichur or by road.

The temple has two parts; the inner courtyard (Chuttampalam) and sanctum sanctorum where the deity is. To enter the sanctum sanctorum you have to enter the temple from the East Side through the main Q.

Special provisions are made for Ladies and Senior citizens by which they can enter the Chuttampalam from the west entrance or the second entrance in the East (near Bhagwati temple), which are not crowded and get into the respective Qs in the Chuttampalam to enter the sanctum sanctorum. The Senior citizen Q is in the South Side (Near Ayyappa Temple) inside the Chuttampalam and one more person can accompany the senior citizen.

The Darshan (sight of the deity) starts early in the morning from 3 am onwards for which the Q starts as early as mid-night, outside the temple, and lasts till 10 pm. During this period between 1 to 4 pm the darshan may not be available.

We reached the temple at about 5.30 pm and had Darshan within 75 minutes standing in the East side main Q, which is relatively quick considering the other hours during the day, when one might take more than 2 hours minimum.

Gents and boys in the teens and above will have to wear White or Orange colour Mundu (Dhoti), no shirt, t shirts or banians etc. If you happen to wear Pants or Benmuda or half pants, you will have to wear the Mundu above that. Girls can wear frock and ladies have to wear Sari or Punjabi dress only.

No footwear, cameras, phones etc are allowed inside the temple. There are two counters in the East & South sides where you can deposit these at a nominal fee for which receipts are given and after the darshan you can collect these back.

For all the offerings other than cash, you have to register. The counters for such registrations are in the north side in the Chuttampalam. Cash you can deposit in the Cash Boxes kept inside the temple.

You can feel His presence once inside the temple and you will find many people in the crowd who benefitted due to His divine intervention; any heartfelt and sincere prayers are not gone without some results, which is why the crowds are increasing daily

Visited May 2013
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“Dwarka of the South”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Definitely worth a visit... the ambience is superb and the feeling divine.. i went there with a group of my friends and we all wore sarees especially to visit.. we went there in the morning, reached around noon, as we were staying at Cochin, stood in the line for about an hour or so, as it was ekadashi, we saw the massive elephants come out all decked up with the massive fans and everything. The overall experience was just something else. Also it is a Vishnu temple, which there are not too many of in the country. The deity is unique as it carved out of a black stone called patalanjana, considered very sacred by Hindus. Staff is polite and the temple is well maintained and kept spotlessly clean. The queues are managed in a very organized fashion without any pushing or shoving. A must- do- !!!

Visited October 2012
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“Great, historic temple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Waiting time was almost two hours in the queue in the evening. We joined the queue an hour before the temple opened in the evening. Later we wound our way inside and had a good darshan. Wish the temple administration increases the number of fans in the waiting area as it becomes extremely uncomfortable to stand in the queue especially in the summer months. Strict dress code is observed, as of course in most other temples in Kerala.

Visited April 2013
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“Heaven on Earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The ambience of the Temple is just excellent and its commendable that despite such crowds the temple staff have not only kept the interior but also the areas around the temple so clean and hygienic. The instructions are clear and facilities amazing.

Visited April 2013
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“Shree Krishna Temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This temple is very old in structure, the deity is so old; there is a history which supports it claiming, the deity was worshipped by Mahavishnu and then was passed on to devaki, yashoda.. even lord krishna had worshipped this deity, finally it was installed in the current place by Lord GURU and LORD VAYU, hence the name Guruvayur is in existence.

There is a restriction with respect to Dresscode- Men can only wear a dhoti and a shawl on their trunk, No mobile phone, no leather stuff are permitted inside the temple premise.

Visited April 2013
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