Most Beautiful Historic Temples in Guruvayur

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Historic Temples in Guruvayur

A small town in the district of Thrissur, Guruvayoor has emerged as one of the most important places of worship in Southern India along with the likes of Tirupati and Sabarimala. As Brahmins started building settlements in Kodungallur, the place gained famed for its ancient relics and the main Guruvayur temple which is the major attraction for tourists and travellers nowadays. The historic town of Guruvayur is known for its enthralling allure and rich religious culture.

Here is the list of 8 Most Beautiful Historic Temples in Guruvayur

1. Mammiyoor Shiva Temple, Guruvayur

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Famous for its large murals, this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva adds to the lore of Guruvayoor. It is believed that Lord Shiva was the original owner of Guruvayur temple and decided to relocate to the current site to place the Vishnu idol in Guruvayur temple. Hence, every pilgrim completes their pilgrimage by visiting this temple located just 500 meter from Guruvayoor temple housing the shrines of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

2. Guruvayoor Temple, Guruvayur

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Located in the Guruvayoor town, Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple is one of the most sacred pilgrim hubs in Kerala. It is one of the most revered temples in South India where the presiding deity Lord Vishnu is worshipped in Balkrishna Avtar. Lord idol is adorned with four hands each carrying a conch, a mace, a discus and a lotus and is also known by the name of Unnikrishnan. Garlanded with the Tulasi or Basil Garland and pearl necklace, the lord appears in full radiance blessing the devotees.

3. Parthasarthy Temple, Guruvayur

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Located within a kilometer from Guruvayoor temple, Parthasarthy Temple houses the shrine of Lord Krishna in the form of an episode from Mahabharata where the Lord narrates the Gita to Arjuna atop a gigantic chariot.

4. Thiru Venkatachalapathy Temple, Guruvayur

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Thiru Venkatachalapathy Temple is the abode of Lord Balaji; an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple has been built by the Telugu devotees of the Lord. The other deities installed in the temple complex are Navagraha, Shiva in the form of Linga; Ganesha, and Bhagavathi.

5. Chamundeswari Temple, Guruvayur

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Dedicated to Sri Chamundeswari; an incarnation of Lord Durga, this centuries old temple is very close to Guruvayoor. There is a separate shrine situated in the premises devoted to Thazhthukavu Bhagavathy.

6. Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple

The Parthasarathy Temple located in Aranmula, Kerala is one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple has been built in the architectural-style followed in Kerala. This temple commemorates Vishnu’s avatar as Parthasarathy or Partha’s (Arjun’s) charioteer in the Mahabharata war. The golden attire supposedly worn by Lord Ayyappan is stored here. The sacred jewels of Thiruvabharanam are taken on a tour every year and this temple is one of the stops for the showcase.

7. Sree Perunthatta Siva Temple

The Sree Perunthatta Siva Temple is an ancient temple in Guruvayur, Kerala dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that one of Vishnu’s avatars in the Treta Yuga - Parashurama - installed the Shiva idol in this temple. This age-old temple initially came under the kingship of Zamorin of Calicut. During Tipu Sultan’s campaign, this temple was destroyed. Stone inscriptions evidencing the age of the temple can still be found in the temple complex.

8. ISKCON, Guruvayur

ISKCON Guruvayur is not just a temple but is a centre for spiritual education and culture. Like its sister ISKCONs, this centre is dedicated to the worship & spirituality of Lord Krishna. Designed to be a centre for corporate retreats or getaways for working professionals, they offer rejuvenation for body, mind and soul. The home retreats are known as Goloka Retreats that are pre-planned and readily available for pilgrims and spiritual seekers.

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