Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to god Krishna. It is located 29 kms north west to the cultural capital of 'God's own country', Kerala. It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus in Kerala and is often referred to as "Bhuloka Vaikunta" which translates to the "Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth".
The Guravyur temple is an important temple in Kerala exclusively for Hindus. The temple has a good queue management system which gives special preference to senior citizens. What makes this temple special is the natural beauty that surrounds it.
The Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is one of the most important sacred pilgrim centres of Kerala. According to legends, the deity worshipped here is more than 5000 years old. The presiding deity is MahaVishnu, in standing posture with four hands carrying Sankhu(conch), Sudarshana chakram (a serrated disk),lotus and mace. He is worshipped as Balakrishna, the full avatar (Purnaavatara) of Mahavishnu. The idol is made of a rare stone known as Patala Anjana.
Set amid the swaying coconut palms, Guruvayur has natural scenic beauty. The city dweller can combine holiday and devotion here. On the eastern side of the temple, there is a comfort station which is functioning round the clock here. Pilgrims who arrive at odd hours and those who do not find or require immediate lodging/accommodation can keep their luggage at a nominal fee. They can use the lavatories and bathrooms. Also there are lavatories on the north and south corners away from the Eastern Gopuram and Pay-and-Use Toilets at South Nada near Panchajanyam Rest House for the use of pilgrims. Special facilities for keeping the footwear and other articles are provided near the east and west side of the temple.
Dress Code for entering the temple
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 trousers 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.