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
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