Guruvayoor Temple

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Guruvayoor Temple or Sree Krishna Temple, the fourth largest devotee visited temple in India is situated in a municipal town in the Thrissur district of Kerala.

According to the legends the place  is about 5,000 years old as the temple idol is but there are no exact evidences for ascertaining it.

There are myths describing that Lord Krishna asked two sages to take the idol from his temple in Dwarka while the city was being destroyed and establish it in Kerala.

There are references about a place called Kuruvayur believed to be present here in Kokasandesham, a 14th century Tamil literature

As of ancient Dravidic, Kuruvai means sea, hence the village on the coast may be called Kuruvayur.

Subordinate Shrine of Trikkunavay

It was the subordinate shrine of Trikkunavay Shiva Temple which was destroyed by the Dutch in 1755.

Guruvayoor and the temple became famous all over India through the Narayaneeyam of Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri.

Guruvayoor Ekadasi

The eleventh day of every fortnight of lunar calendar is known as Ekadasi, and this day is very auspicious to the Hindus. Vrishchika Ekadasi is important to the temple.

On this day, it conducts a tribute to Gajaraja Keshavan. The head of the elephant family do honours in front of the statuette of Kesavan.

The  temple carries out Udayasthamaya Pooja which is wholly conducted by the Devaswom itself. The grand elephant procession to the Parthasarathi Temple attracts huge crowd as it is also regarded as Geethopadesam Day.

It gets end with the famous Ekadasi Vilakku followed by elephant procession.

Guruvayoor Chembai Sangeetholsavam

It is an annual Carnatic music festival held in Guruvayur by the Guruvayur Devaswom at Thiruvaiyaru as a kind of respect to Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavatar, one of the legendary of Carnatic Classical Music.

Chembai had performed in the temple town for about 60 years. He used to invite all the great Carnatic Musicians to perform in the temple town and gradually got fame as the then prominent music festival Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja Aradhana, which paid homage to Saint Thyagaraja.

The Guruvayur Devaswom carried out the festival after his death in 1974, by renaming it as Chembai Sangeetholsavam as a tribute. It is such a grand gala of music held for about 15 days and 2000-2500 musicians participate in this festival every year.  It is ended on the Guruvayoor Ekadasi day.

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