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Important Temples In and Around Guruvayur

Mammiyur Temple

Mammiyoor Temple is a Shiva temple near Guruvayoor temple, Kerala, south India. Every devotee who goes to Guruvayoor is supposed to go to Mammiyoor also, as the ritual goes. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple premises.

Bhagwan Vishnu himself worshipped idol at Guruvayoor made out of Pathala Anjanam. Vishnu gave the idol to Brahma. Prajapati Sutapa and his wife Prsni did penance to Brahma, and pleased with their devotion Brahma gave them this idol. Sutapa and his wife Prsni worshipped the idol with such devotion that Mahavishnu himself appeared before them for granting boon. In their over enthusiasm they asked thrice "We need a son equivalent to you". Mahavishnu told that them he himself will be born as their son in three different janmas (birth) and in all the three janmas you will get the vigraha given to you by Brahma.

In the first janma in Satya yuga, Mahavishnu was born as Prsnigarba, as son of Sutapa and Prsni. Psrigarba instructed the world the importance of Brahmacharya to the world.

In the second janma, Sutapa and his wife Prsni were born as Kashayap and Aditi and Mahavishnu was born as Vamana, their son in Treta yuga.

In Dwapara yuga, Lord Krishna' was born as son of Vasudeva and Devaki.

The idol was given to them by Daumya for worship. Sri Krishna established a big temple at Dwaraka and installed this idol. At the time of swargaarohana Lord Krishna instructed his devotee Udhava to install the idol at a sacred place with the help of Brihaspathi, the guru of the Devas and Vayu, the wind God. They (Guru and Vayu) took the idol and came down to a place down south and installed it. This is why the place got its name Guruvayoor, where oor means place. It is also said that Lord Shiva and his Wife Parvathy were present at the auspicious moment and because there was a lack of space in the temple premises, Shiva moved a little further away, and gives his blessings from Mammiyoor Temple, which is a ten minute walk from the Guruvayoor Temple.

Chowallur Siva Temple

The Chowallor Sivakshethram situated just three kilometers away from the famous Sree Krishna Temple of Guruvayur, is one of the sacred 108 Sivalayas of ancient kerala.

The temple - gracefully perched on top of atiny hillock surrounded by lush green fields and silver streams and conveniently close to Guruvayur - Thrissur highway - is an aesthetically pleasing and architecturally perfect structure. It is specially noted for its unique features like the beautiful circular santum sanctorium and Krishna Sila idols and Simhodaran in the temple premises. Daily poojas are performed to Sree Parvathy, Maheshwara and all other Upadevas strictly according to age-old ites and rituals.

The ancient temple of unknown antiquity, after having withstood the ravages of time for ages, is now in a very dilapidated condition - a heart-rendering sight to thousands of pilgrims thronged to have a dharsan.

Goddess Chamundeswari

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.

Thiruvenkitachalapathy Temple

The Thiruvenkitachalapathy Temple situated at Thiruvenkidom Desom which is one kilometre North East of the famous Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayur, is a great and unique Shrine in many respects

The Deity worshipped at this temple is the same Lord Thiruvenkitachalapathy worshipped at the world famous Tirumala Tirupati Temple in Andhra Pradesh.A unique feature of this temple is that about six hundred years after the original installation of Lord Venkitachalapathy, an idol of Bhagavathy (Mother Goddess) was also installed here. Both Thiruvenkitachalapathy and Bhagavathy have equal importance. The main Sree Kovil is of Thiruvenkitachalapathy. Bhagavathy’s Sree Kovil is in the South East corner of the Vathilmadom. Ganapathy (Vigneshwaran), Saraswathy, Ayyappan and Nagaraja are also worshipped as Upadevas. A separate Shrine is also built for the original founder of the temple, Sree Ramanuja Swamy.

The Annual Brahmotsavam for Lord Thiru Venkitachalapathy is celebrated for six days in the Malayalam Month of Madam (April-May) with the Flag Hoisting done on the Punartham (Punarvasu) Star. Makara Chowwa is the most important festival of Bhagavathy, falling on the first Tuesday of the Malayalam Month of Makharam (January). The reinstallation day of Lord Venkitachalapathy is being celebrated on the day of Chithira Star in the Malayalam Month of Midhunam (June-July) every year with Kalabhabhishekam.

The administration of this temple is being carried out by the Thiruvenkitachalapathy Kshethra Samithy.

Parthasarathy Temple

This temple has an idol that is said to have been installed by Adi Shankara, for whom there is a shrine in the compound. The sanctum has wheels and horses added to resemble a chariot.

The nearby Venkita¬chala¬pathy Temple is also quite popular and has a shrine to Saint Ramanujan, just outside.

DHARSAN TIME: 4.30 AM TO 12.30 PM & 4.30 PM TO 8.30 PM(both temples)

Harikanyaka Temple

This is one of the ancient "Maha Kshethram" done by Perumthachan. Indian Archeological Department is doing the maintanance of the structures and Cochin Devaswom Board is the governing body. People believes that here "Prathishta" is "Harikanyaka" it means Mahavishnu taken an avatharam as a kanyaka.Hari=Mahavishnu and Kanyaka=virgin. Here 15 days Uthsavam is celebrating in Meenum(from star Makayiram to star Moolam). "Pooram purappadu",(in Makayiram star) "Pooram Ganapathy",(in Pooram star) "Kodiyettam (flag hoisting) in Uthram star)" " Mathrubhoothabalie" "Ulsavabalie", "Pallivetta(holi hunting)thriketta star)" and "Arattu(holy bath) in Moolam star)" are the most holy rites in Ulshtavaghosham.

In the past this temple had a glorious history and this temple was much wealthy than Guruvayur Temple. One of ancient ritual of "Chandrolsavam" were celebrated in Harikanyakapuram (Present Ariyannur). Harikanyakapuram was the head of 32 surrounding "deshams". There were rich culture and glory in this temple and Desham. Harikanyaka Temple is about 4.5km in east direction from Manjulal Guruvayur.

Chavakkad Beach

Chavakkad Beach is beach in Chavakkad Municipality of Thrissur District in Kerala State. It lies on the coast of Arabian Sea and attracts domestic tourists and local people. The beach is situated 5 Kilometers from Guruvayoor Temple Sri Krishna Temple. In this beach, the river meets the sea known as estuary. The meeting point is known as Azhimokam in Malayalam. It is counted amongst Kerala’s most popular beaches because the beach is unexplored by domestic tourists.

Nearest railway station: Guruvayoor about 5 km and Thrissur about 29 km, Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 79 km

Snehatheeram Beach

The stunning Thalikulam Snehatheeram Beach is located about 25 km or 1 hour from Thrissur and is loved for its natural ambience and wonderful visuals of the coast. It is among the best maintained beaches in Kerala. The sunsets are especially lovely and people flock here in large numbers to enjoy the view. Children throng to the nearby park and occasionally there are musical performances at the nearby stage. It has a welcoming vibe at all times and is a highly recommended tourist spot in the area.

There is children's park located near to the beach with all facilities. The entry fee for park is Rs 10 for adult and Rs 5 for children. An aquarium with large collection of marine species, a well maintained garden and tiled walkway attract tourists to this beach. A restaurant named Naalukettu is also available for tourists for enjoying coastal Thrissur sea food.

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