Gurvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim towns in India. This temple-town is extremely famous for its large Sree Krishna Temple, believed to one of the 108 most divine Vishnu temples of world. The town is located in Thrissur district, nearly 82 km from Kochi. The temple is regarded as Bhooloka-Vaikuntam or Earthly abode of Lord Vishnu. Thus the spirituality regains to the core in the town.
Guruvayur temple is dedicated to Lord Guruvayoorappan, a form of the revered Hindu deity Vishnu. The temple is therefore also called Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple. The Guruvayoor form of Lord Vishnu has four arms with one carrying the conch Panchajanya, another carrying the discus Sudarshana Chakra, the third one carrying the mace Kaumodaki and the last one holding a lotus with a Holy basil garland
The Guruvayoorappan form of Krishna happens to be the form of Lord Vishnu as seen by Krishna’s parents Vasudeva and Devaki around the time of his birth. It, therefore, makes sense that Guruvayoor has earned the sobriquet, “Dwarka of South India”. Dwarka is the ancient city of north India where Krishna is believed to have been born.
This temple has a chief priest called Mesanti who is available full-time for prayers and rituals. It is known that the priest opens the sanctum santorum early in the morning and observes a fast till the completion of noon prayer rituals.