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“Serene atmosphere, spiritual awaking” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Guruvayur Temple

Guruvayur Temple
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Guruvayur
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“Serene atmosphere, spiritual awaking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

It is a beautiful Guruvayoorappan (Shri Vishnu) Temple about 45 minutes from Thrissur City. One of the many large temples in Kerala, what makes it beautiful is not just the temple but the whole atmosphere. There are excellent middle to upper class hotels around the temple, the number of small stall shops selling the peacock feathers, toy drums, hordes of CDs, etc etc Never to miss the Vaghacharth at 4 am and the Shaiveli at 8.30 pm, the beginning and closing of the day. Never also miss the Naipayasam at 5 am and the Palpayasam at 11 am. The whole experience of waking up early am, bathing, wearing the mundu & angavasthram and going to the temple is an experience that one should not miss in this lifetime! We long to get there every year without giving it a miss. But, only Hindus are allowed, because of the sanctity and purity of the temple - which Hindus are aware of and most often follow. There are experiences of people who suffer many different physical and mental problems at some stage in life for not following temple rules. Like many people, I never believed, but when you hear from close quarters it's no more to be laughed at. Other than such things, it's a real experience.

Visited May 2012
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“What a place!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

No words can describe the sanctity.. Though its crowded and one has to wait in que's, it is a never forgettable chance to get the blessings of Lord Krishna... One will really remember the visit for his life time as there is absolutely no commercialism in Guruvayoor unlike other South Indian temes.. Must visit..

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“Bangalore - Coimbatore - Guruvayur - Bangalore”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

We started our journey from Bangalore on 10th November(4 days before Diwali). A completely packed day with 40-45 mins in each booths, long queue to pay the toll. Finally managed to reach my home in Coimbatore at 5.30 evening. A very tiring 9 and a half hour's journey, with average speed less than 50km/hr.

Next day, took the Palakkad - Shoranur - Pattambi road to reach Guruvayur. Roads are pathetic with potholes everywhere after shoranur. Very narrow roads with lot of deviations. Stayed in a place called Guruvayur Resorts. Neat and clean place for the money we paid. But the food prices are exhorbitant. We didn't have any meal there. The first day, we made the mistake of having our dinner at Indian Coffee House. Tasteless food... and no options at all. They only had Dosas.

We went for the morning Darshan. My mom, dad and grandpa went in the senior citizens queue, which took only 5 minutes for the darshan. The rest of us continued in the general queue which took about 30 minutes. Great darshan and came out of the temple in search of hotels. Finally decided to break our fast in Ramakrishna Brahmins Hotel. Yummy breakfast... with lot of options and very tasty. The Uppumavu they served was mindboggling. Started to Coimbatore. This time we took a different route (by mistake) which doesn't come through Pattambi. Nice single road with no potholes. I did a constant 90 km/hr speed during this stretch till palakkad. Palakkad - Coimbatore road is in a bad condition.

Started our drive to Bangalore next day morning. No traffic this time and maintained a constant speed of 140 through out Coimbatore - Bangalore stretch. Though there are some 4 laning work going on between Perumanallur, Avinashi - Coimbatore stretch. Overall its a good trip.

Visited November 2012
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“"Great Hindu Temple"”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

Guruvayur temple is almost 5000 years old. Strict dress code is to be followed. Men are allowed to enter the temple only in dhotis. Men with shirts are not allowed inside. Women are allowed to enter the temple in sari or salwar. strange ! Temple has 3 entrances with separate queue for ladies. Be prepared to wait for at least an hour or two in the queue on any day. It can be longer during weekends and school holidays. Mobiles, cameras are not allowed inside the temple. Cloak rooms are available for storage. Here you can see one specialty i.e.,One of the very very few temple where non Hindus are not allowed for so many reasons...,

Visited October 2012
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“A Great Temple ! Learn to ignore some irritants”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

I am a regular visitor to this great temple. The QUE system works well and I frequently use this mode. This is one way to get to know the reality and experience the moods of various kinds of devotees One can also use other channels - you don't need to pay any money - and gain access to the temple directly depending on who you are ? But such an entry robs you of the rich experience of mingling with a variety of people from all over India. The sanctity of this temple is still kept in its most rustic and traditional style. The temple is very clean. And the variety of people who visit with such devotion is baffling.But one thing that is strikingly annoying is the discourteous temple staff inside the inner temple who always treat the devotees like a flock of sheep. Many people tolerate this Trade Marked unbecoming behaviour because as they are nearer the deity having waited for hours, they don't want to contaminate their thoughts and that experience with the distractions produced by the unruly and sometimes abusive behaviour of these sinning temple staff.

Once I experienced one such temple staff using an empty agarbatti box to "pat" ( i am using a mild term 'pat' - actually it was worse) on the naked shoulders of visitors - the idea is to drive them away quickly.. In Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Karnataka Temples, such a practice is unthinkable. But if you choose to avoid the QUE and come in as VIP, these staff dare not do anything. Some devotees react but in the process lose the tranquility they were seeking. This is nothing but the arrogance of these people who haven't been trained properly. In Kerala I suppose one should not expect that. But the Temple Authorities can do something because the staff at the Sales Counters are less aggressive !!

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