Krishna Temple in Guruvayur
India, Guruvayur

The Hindu temple of Krishna is located in the south-west of India, in the state of Kerala, in the small town of Guruvayur. It is the most famous and revered temple of Krishna in southern India, thousands of pilgrims come here to ask for mercy from Krishna, who in this temple is named after Guruvayurappan. According to legend, the deity worshiped here is more than 5000 years old. The first written mention of it dates back to the XIV century, and in the XVI century the temple gained great fame thanks to the poem "Giving". Its author, Narayan Bhattatiri, after visiting the temple was healed of the most severe rheumatism, from which he suffered for many years. Krishna's Murti is a statue with four hands, in each of which the deity holds the Panchayanya shell, Kaumodaki mace, a lotus with a garland of basil and the Sudarshan Chakra magic disk. The idol is made of the rare Paathalanjana Sila stone and is considered sacred. The construction of the temple is attributed to the Raja from the Pandya dynasty, saved by Krishna from the bite of a poisonous snake. Most of the building was built in the XVI-XVII centuries, the western gate tower (gopuram) - in 1747, the "column of lights" - in 1836. On November 30, 1970, during the annual Ekadashi festival, a strong fire broke out in the temple. Fire covered the whole building, the flame could not be extinguished for five hours. Fire was fought by all the inhabitants of the city - Hindus, Hare Krishnas, Muslims and Christians. When the fire was extinguished, it turned out that the statue of Krishna and other shrines were not damaged. The restoration of the burnt temple was carried out until 1973, most of it was rebuilt. The architectural style of the building is typical of the temple buildings of Kerala, at the same time there are simplicity and nobility. The temple hosts more than 20 holidays, the most important of which are the festivals of Ulsavam and Ekadashi. At this time, the temple is colorfully illuminated, elephant races, concerts, holiday processions and numerous cultural performances are held. The temple is the main center of Hindu weddings in Kerala. There are days when more than 100 wedding ceremonies are held in the temple. In order to worship the murti of Krishna, who frees from sins, grants liberation and fulfills the wishes of those who ask, millions of believers visit the temple annually.

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