Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple, popularly known as the Dwaraka of the South is one of the most prominent pilgrim centers in Kerala. Nestled in the middle of swaying coconut Palms, this enchanting shrine is situated at Gurvayoor in the Thrissur district. According to the legend, this temple is created by Guru and Vayu. The main entrance of the shrine is through the eastern side. The outer enclosure known as Chuttambalam has a gold-plated 33.5 meters high Dwajasthambam. A pillar of lamps (Deepasthambam) of 7 meters high is another attraction of the temple. The sreekovil of Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple is square-shaped where main deity, Lord Krishna is placed. The temple also has a few sub-deities like Lord Ayyappa, Lord Ganesha and Edathedathu Kavil Bhagavathy.
A lot of devotees visit every day to Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple to seek blessings from Lord Krishna. This shrine is famous for its healing powers and devotees make a wide range of offerings to the deity. Thulabharam is a major offering in the temple where devotees are weighed against different items like sugar, jaggery, bananas and coconut equivalent to their weight. Gurvayoor temple does not allow the entry of non-Hindus inside it. This temple is around 29 kilometers away from Thrissur town. The nearest Cochin International Airport is almost 87 kilometers from Guruvayoor temple. This temple celebrates many festivals out of which Vrichika Ekadasi has more significance. Guruvayoorappan loves elephants and this temple has 52 elephants. Another uniqueness of this shrine is that elephants open the doors of the temple. Guruvayoor temple opens at 3 am everyday for Nirmalya Puja. Contact Tour My India to experience a holy journey to Guruvayoor Sree Krishna temple.