It is one of the most sacred pilgrimage places in the state of Kerala and it houses the famous Guruvayur srikrishna temple. It is dedicated to Lord Guruvayoorappan, an avtar of Lord Vishnu. The idol depicts Bhagvan Vishnu in his enchanting form, with four splendid arms each carrying sankh (conch), chakra(wheel), gadha (mace) and padmam (lotus). The temple has earned the sobriquet of ‘Dwarka of the South’ as this avatar of Lord Vishnu is said to be Lord Krishna, who was thus envisioned by his parents at the time of his birth in Dwarka. The temple’s architecture is particularly outstanding, and its majesty captivates visitors. The sanctum sanctorum is designed in two layers with copper sheet roofing plated with gold. The Moolavigraha (main idol) is made of Pathalanjana Shila (a variation of granite that is harder than metal) and is considered extremely sacred. The old doors of the sanctum sanctorum are set with gold plated bars and embellished with gold bells. There are about 101 bells that are all made in silver and plated with gold. Hindu Malayalis and Tamilians revere this temple in utmost respect.
Guruvayur is one of the most well-known Hindu wedding destinations in India. It is known as “Bhoolokha Vaikundam” and is one of most important places of worship for Hindus . Many Hindus prefer to have their weddings solemnised in front of Lord Sree Krishna Temple Guruvayur. In front of the temple, there are three wedding Mandapams where the nuptials are usually held. Only key rituals of solemnising the wedlock and exchange of thulsi garlands are done in the weddding mandapa. The groom is expected to wear a white pancha, dhoti/kurta, and pyjama to the wedding, while the bride is expected to wear a saree with blouse or half saree.The wedding ceremony lasts about 10-15 minutes, after which the remaining ceremonies are performed in adjacent Wedding Halls. Wedding in Guruvayoor is always a tight preposition, you need to book it well in advance.