Guruvayurappan is a form of Vishnu. Here, the Lord appears in the form of Baby Krishna. The deity represents the Purna Roopa revealed by baby Krishna to His parents immediately after His advent in Kamsa‘s jail. Lord Krishna immediately after his birth had revealed Himself as four-armed standing Vishnu in front of His parents Devaki and Vasudeva. The temple is located in the town of Guruvayur, Thrissur District, Kerala, India. This place is often referred to as “Bhuloka Vaikunta“.
The idol installed at Guruvayur Sri Krshna Temple represents a form of Krshna with its four arms carrying the conch Pancajanya, the magical discus with serrated edges Sudarsana Cakra, the mace Kaumodaki and a lotus with a boly basilgarland. The temple puja routines are strictly followed. The Vedic traditions being followed at this temple with absolute perfection is the hallmark of the Guruvayur temple.
It is believed that those tying their wedding knots in this temple will have a long happy married life. So, wedding ceremonies are common daily here. devotees, realising their wishes offer things of their choice to Lord equal to their weight, called Thulabaram. Parents do the first rice feeding to their children, a ritual called “Anna Prasanam” in this temple.
The door of this temple is opened by 52 elephants. First Nirmalya Puja is done by 3 AM, followed by Abhishekam. Many people like to have the darshan of the Lord on 14th April, as the chief priest gives a coin to all the devotees on that day.
Once a Nenmini Namboodiri, the priest at the Guruvayur temple, instructed his twelve-year-old son to offer the Nivedyam to the Lord. There was only one priest in those days and the Nenmini Namboodiri had to go out on an urgent engagement. The son, Unni, offered a Nivedyam of cooked rice to the Lord; in his simplicity, he believed that the deity would eat the food, but the deity did not move. Unni bought some salted mangoes and curd from a neighborhood vendor, thinking that the Lord would prefer this, mixed the curd with rice and offered it again. The deity again remained unmoved. Unni cajoled, requested, coaxed and in the end threatened, but the deity remained unmoved. He wept because he believed he had failed and shouted at the Lord, exclaiming that his father would beat him.
The Lord could not bear it any more, and made the Nivedyam disappear. The boy left the temple satisfied. Unni did not know that the Nivedyam offered to the Lord was the Variyar’s prerequisite. When Variyar returned to the temple, he saw the empty plate and became very angry with Unni, but Unni insisted that God had, in fact, eaten the offering. Unni’s innocent words made Variyar furious, as he believed the boy had eaten the offering himself and was lying. His father was about to beat Unni, but just then an Asareeri (celestial voice) was heard saying, “I am guilty. Unni is innocent. I ate all the food that he had offered me. There’s no need to punish him”.
Please visit Guruvayur temple to have blessings of Guruvayurappan.