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Visiting the destination Guruvayur- the Dwarka city of South India
Knowing about Guruvayur Guruvayur is a very famous municipal town in the district of Thrissur in Kerala of India. This town acts as the home for popular Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple, which is 4th highly visited temple in India by devotees and that too on daily basis. This place is also popularly named as the Dwarka city of Southern India.The History behind Guruvayur As per legends this townGuruvayur is almost 5000 years old, equivalent to the age of the idol in the temple of Guruvayur. But still date there is no such proof established by the archeological department. Earlier there was a Lord Shiva temple which in later part destroyed in the year 1755 by the Dutch attack.
Temples to see in Guruvayur:
Guruvayur temple: This is a very famous temple which is located in the city Guruvayur and this temple is dedicated to the god Krishna. Besides, this city is located in the Thrissur district. You will find the deities of Sri Ayyapa, Lord Ganapathi and Kavil Bhagavathy in this temple. You can gain knowledge on the religious beliefs and traditions of Kerala people on visiting this temple. This is the only temple in Guruvayur where Annaprasana and wedding ceremonies are held.
Guruvayurappan temple: This is another famous temple located in the Guruvayur. Besides this, this temple is dedicated to the god ‘Balagopalan’. The distance from Guruvayurappan temple to Thrissur includes 30km. It is also believed that the famous poets Melpathur and Poonthanam had resided in this temple and wrote some devotional poems to dedicate them to the Guruvayuirappan.
Chamundeswari temple:This temple is dedicated to the goddess ‘Chamundeswari’. Some millions of pilgrims visit this temple every year. Besides, this temple is located very close to the Guruvayur temple. The distance between Chamundeswari temple to Trivandrum includes 9km. The specialty of the Chamundeswari Idol of this temple is, it was made up of 5 metals namely lead, gold, copper, silver and iron. The environment of this temple looks so calm and pleasant making it a perfect place to do meditation.
Chowalloor Shiva temple:This is a very popular temple which is located at a distance of 3Km from the Guruvayur temple. This temple is also known as Mahadeva temple. The specialty of this temple is that the Lord Shiva Idol faces west and Goddess Parvathi faces east. Some lakhs of pilgrims especially visits temple on Shivratri.
Places to see in Guruvayur:
Elephant camp: Elephant camp is one of the famous sanctuaries of Kerala and it was located 3km away from the Guruvayur temple i.e. in Punnathur Kotta. Besides, this sanctuary is not only famous in India but also across the world too. The Elephants of this sanctuary were also given the training to carry the Shiveli and Guruvayur idols.
Devaswom museum: This museum is located inside the Guruvayoorappan temple. You can find various musical instruments, temple materials, antiques etc in this museum.
Shopping in Guruvayur: Apart from its attractive tourist destinations and temples Guruvayur is also famous as shopping destination. You can find a wide range of dress materials, devotional materials, antiques, toys, eatables and electronic items. Besides, all these items are available at a very cheaper price in this city. Thus, you could buy your favorite items in this city to keep them as a memory of Guruvayur.
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