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April 3, 2016 at 6:47 am #410
The Guruvayur Temple is a famous Krishna temple and is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus and is often referred to as “Bhooloka Vaikuntam” which translates to the holy abode of Vishnu on Earth.Guruvayur has the nearest airport at Kochi,International Airport, which is at a distance of 65 km. Kochi airport is well connected to all major airports in India with major airlines plying regularly. It is also connected to many foreign cities. Taxi services can also be availed from here.Boarded the cochin airport at 8 am .Had booked a cab from Aditya Travels cochin.The contact person is Mr Vinod (08281573822) and the driver was mani We had booked a Tavera and the charges were Rs 1850 per day with 100km free and 13 rs per km traveled.
We had already booked Hotel Ambady regency from Bangalore via Phone.The rooms were good with 24 hours hot water facility and tariff was Rs 1500 per day.This is the very decent hotel available in near by(200 mtrs) guruvayur temple… After taking bath and getting ready, we went to visit the temple. The temple has a rule that one can’t wear shirt, pant, lungi inside the temple. In fact this rule is there in many temples in Kerala.
Evening we attended the Deeparadhana pooja. Then we had our dinner in the nearby hotel and stood again in the queue for the ‘Athazha seeveli’ pooja. Seeveli is a ceremonial procession with caparisoned elephants. During this pooja, the idol of Lord Guruvayoorappan is taken on the elephant by the poojari and go around the temple three times, in a processions led by people playing panchavadyams (an orchestra played with five instruments.) We too joined the Seeveli procession. We actually wanted to sit and watch the Krishnattam play outside the main temple, but we also wanted to see the early morning pooja, and hence cancelled the idea, we returned to the hotel room, ready to fall into the bed.
he next day early morning we attended the ‘Vaakacharthu’pooja also at 3 a.m. That early morning, the streets were thronging with people, after having their bath and leaving their wet and oily hair free, who were rushing to stand in the queue to see a glimpse of Baby Krishna. At that moment I was transformed into a different world where a moment with God and only love and compassion existed there, forgetting about everything else in the world.With the help of vinod (our tour operater) we got the vaakacharthu pooja dharshan in 10 minutes with out staying the queue After the darshan, we moved towards the other deities of Lord Ayyappa, Lord Ganapathy, Lord Subrahmaniam, Lord Anjaneya and Sri Bhagavathi to have their darshans.
Many parents were waiting there inside with their tiny tots for annaprasam, the first rice feeding ceremony of a child. We collected the prasadam from the prasadam counter. After spending few minutes there sitting and praying silently, we came out.
We then went to the Mammiyur Lord Shiva temple which is about a km or two away from the Guruvayur temple and had a good darshan there too
Since our return flight was in the evening, we decided to spend our time in the nearby Chavakkad beach. It was just about 5 kms away from there. We also visited the nearby Punathoor kotta, where the elephants are lodged by the temple Dewasom. More than 50 elephants were housed there
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