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Guruvayur Temple

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Guruvayur Temple is dedicated to Lord Guruvayurappan, the child form of Lord Krishna, located in Guruvayur, in the Thrissur district of Kerala. The temple’s name originates from “Guru”, representing Guru Brihaspati, and “Vayu”, symbolizing Vayu Dev. The central shrine, constructed in 1638 AD, gained historical mention in 14th and 16th-century Tamil literature. Despite suffering plunder by Hyder Ali in 1716, the temple was rebuilt. The sanctum, Shreekovil, houses the main idol of Lord Krishna and is surrounded by the Nallambalam wall structure. The walls are adorned with lamps. The temple includes shrines for Goddess Mother, Lord Ayyappa, and Lord Ganapati. Visitors adhere to specific dress codes while visiting the temple. The temple hosts significant festivals. A circumambulatory procession named Seeveli is also part of the temple’s traditions.

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