Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple is located in a small town of Guruvayoor which is located at a distance of about twenty nine kilometers from Thrissur. The nearest railway station is Guruvayoor while the nearest airport is located at a distance of about seventy five kilometers in Cochin. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna whose idol is engraved with pearl necklace and adorned with basil leaves.The shrine of Sri Magudeshwarar can be found in the village of Kodumudi, which is cited in the district of Erode, which is based in the culturally rich country of India.Adi Kumbeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Shiva. He is worshiped as Adi Kumbeswarar, and is represented by the lingam. His consort, Parvati is represented as Mangalambigai Amman. The presiding deity is revered in the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets.
Guruvayoor was a sacred place selected by Lord Vishwakarma where he built this magnificent temple. The spot was considered sacred since, this was the place where the brotherly prince known as Pancetas, received blessings from Lord Vishnu to get the title of Projapati.The deities of wind, namely Vayu as well as Adisesha were competing with one another to decide who was stronger among the two, Adisesha held on to to the mountain which was called Meru and Varu used all his energy and blew in the direction of the mountain in order to displace it.It is believed that, once the world was facing destruction due to a devastating tsunami, Lord Brahma approached Lord Shiva to know from where he had to restart creation. Lord Shiva suggested that Brahma makes a magic pot with the sand collected from various sacred places and float it in the flood water and also taught the procedure of leaving it on the water.
The temple is amongst the five famous temples dedicated to Lord Krishna in India. The temple is considered very sacred along with the waters in the nearby tank. As per legends, the water has some magical powers which help to cure leprosy and other rare skin disease.A unique feature of this shrine is the deity of Lord Brahma which can be seen gracing this holy place, in other shrines, he is seen possessing four faces, but in this shrine, he only has three. People of that area are of the opinion that the tree which can be found in the shrine- the vanni, is reportedly his 4th face. When Lord Shiva announced that the mango brought by Sage Narada would be presented to the one who wins a marathon round of the whole world. Ganesha circumambulated Shiva and Parvati and established the fact that the world to him is his parents.
The unique feature of this temple is that the main idol of Sri Guruvayoorappan is believed to be built of black antimony which is a atone having special medicinal properties. Further, every morning the idol is oiled with tin oil and then a mask of vaka- prepared by special powdered herbs is applied over it. There is a Vanni tree which can be seen in the compound of the shrine, it is so old that no one knows how old the tree is, since it has been there in the shrine since time immemorial. People are of the belief that if one plucks out a leaf from that tree and that leaf is immersed in water, then its clarity will last for a rather long time. The complex covers an area of 30,181 sq ft and has four gateway towers known as gopurams. The tallest is the eastern tower. It is 128 feet tall. The temple has numerous shrines, with those of Kumbeswarar and Mangalambigai Amman being the most prominent.
Sri Krishna Janmasthmi and Uttam festival which lasts for about 10 days are the two important festivals which are observed here on a grand scale. Events are organized and rituals are performed all day long. Visitors and devotees throng the place to worship the lord. Other noteworthy festivals celebrated here are Vaishaka and AshtamiRohini.A number of festivals are celebrated in this shrine, the festival of Chitrai tirunal is the most important festival which is organized here, it extends for a period of eleven days and it is celebrated during the summer months of April and May. The priests of the shrine are said to carry out pujas on important days, like on the day of the new moon, of the full moon and on the days of pradosha.Theerthavari festival is celebrated in the Mahamagam tank between February and March. Sabthasthanam festival between April and May. Tirukalyanam (wedding festival) during May and June, Tirumanjanam during June and July, Aadi Perukku and Aadi Pooram (July-August), Panguni festival (March-April) with special pujas, Butter pot festival on the Aswathi day between February and March, on the 8th day, and the procession of Panchamurthis are the festivals grandly celebrated in the temple. Masimagam is the biggest festival in Tamilnadu.