Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple Thrissur

The Guruvayur Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Guruvayurappan, a form of Krishna, located in the town of Guruvayur in Kerala, India.

It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and is often referred to as Bhuloka Vaikuntha (Vaikuntha in the earthly realm). The central icon is a four-armed standing Vishnu carrying the conch Panchajanya, the discus Sudarshana, the mace Kaumodaki, and a lotus with a tulasi garland. This image represents the form of Vishnu as revealed to Krishna's parents Vasudeva and Devaki around the time of his birth. Worship proceeds according to routines laid down by Adi Shankara and later written formally in the Tantric way, the inter-religious spiritual movement that arose in medieval India, by Chennas Narayanan Nambudiri. The Chennas Nambudiris are the hereditary tantris (high priests) of the Guruvayur Temple.

Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple Thrissur


Guruvayur Temple tank (pond) : The temple tank (pond) on the northern side of the temple is called Rudratheertham. According to legend, for thousands of years, Lord Shiva used to bath on the southern bank of this pond. Since Shiva is also known by the name 'Rudra', the pond came to be known as Rudratheertham.

Temple Elephants

The Statue of Guruvayur Kesavan at Guruvayur

The Punnathur kotta, also known as the Anakotta (Elephant Yard in English), houses the 56 elephants belonging to the temple. This place is the home to the largest population of captive male Asian elephants in the world.

Guruvayur Keshavan was the most famous among those. The other notable elephant was Guruvayur Padmanabhan, who was the chief of Guruvayur elephants.


Janmashtami, Kumbham Utsavam, Guruvayur Ekadasi

Contact Address: Guruvayur Devaswom, East Nada, Guruvayur, Kerala 680101

Phone: 0487 255 6335

Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple Entry Details

Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple Dresscode

Strict dress code exists for people who wish to enter the Guruvayur Temple. Men are to wear mundu around their waist, without any dress covering their chest. But it is allowed to cover the chest region with a small piece of cloth (veshthi). Boys are allowed to wear shorts, but they are also prohibited from wearing a shirt. Girls and women are not allowed to wear any trouser like dresses or short skirts. Women are allowed to wear sari and girls are to wear long skirt and blouses. Presently the dress code for women have been relaxed with shalwar kameez ( churidar pyjamas) being allowed.

How To Reach

By Bus : Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple to KSRTC Bus Stand Guruvayur is 5 min (1.2 km) via Outer Ring Rd

Nearest Railway Station : Palarivattom Railway Station to Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple Thrissur is 2 hr 38 min (80.9 km) via NH 66.

Nearest Airport : Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Swamy Temple to Kochi International Airport at Nedumbassery about 2 hr 13 min (78.0 km) via NH544

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