Sights to See
Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple
The temple of Lord Krishna is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres in Kerala. The deity in the temple is called ‘Gurvayurappan’. The idol of Guruvayoor temple is unique, since it is carved out of "Pathalanjana Sila", and is considered extremely sacred. The installation and consecration of the idol is believed to have been done by the Celestial Guru, the preceptor of Devas along with Vayu, the God of Wind, hence the name Guruvayoor. It is at this temple that Melpathoor Naryana Bhattithiripad (in the 16th century) composed his renowned Sanskrit devotional poem ‘Narayaneeyam’ as an offering while he was seriously ill.
There is a museum in the office Annex building at East Nada (east entrance). The museum is kept open from 8.00 am to 8.00pm on all days except Tuesdays and other holidays. Guruvayoor: Located at Kizhakke Nada (east entrance), it functions in the traditional Gurukula system.
Many of the devotees who visit the temple also visit the Shiva Temple at Mammiyoor, the abode of Lord Shiva.
This is the place where the Guruvayoor temple elephants given as offerings by the devotees of the Lord are housed and fed. Visitors are allowed to watch these elephants in the premises. It has more than 50 elephants.