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Temples & Legends Of Kerala
Kulapati's Preface Author's Preface
Introduction The Temple Of Sri Padmanabha
A Temple Of Serpents The Goddess Who Has Periods
Aranmula Parthasarathi Ambalapuzha Krishna
Sabarimala The Fierce Lord Of Ettumanur
The Benign Lord Chottanikara
Kaladi A Temple For Kannaki
A Temple For Bharata Sri Rama Temple At Triprayar
The Vadakkunnathan Temple The Lord Of Guruvayur
A Temple For Rama And Lakshmana The Historic Tali Temple
Tiruvangad Peruma Rajarajeswara Of Taliparamba
Trichambaram Krishna Temple Other Temples
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THE LORD OF GURUVAYUR

Elaborate Rites

Peculiar to Guruvayur is the elaborate system of rites established by Adi Sankara. The sanctum opens at three in the morning and closes at nine in the night. Except between 1 and 4 P.M. when it is closed, a series of poojas, rites and processions are conducted. The darshan at three in the morning is specially auspicious. It is called nirmalya darshan, the Lord still adorned with the flowers and garlands of the previous day and thousands flock to the temple at this early hour chanting 'Narayana, Narayana.

Here is how Kulapati Munshiji described the scene at Guruvayur in one of his letters in Bhavan's Journal:

"One could hear nothing but the chanting of the name of the Lord from the innermost recesses of the heart of the devotees. As I went round the prakaras, I could see no idlers and gossipmongers. Groups of persons went round the different minor shrines in a business-like manner. A couple of men were reciting Narayaniyam. At the portico I could see devotees fulfilling their vows with coconuts, plantain etc. On one side, young couples were giving their children the first official food-Annaprasana. At another, several parties were celebrating marriages. Yet at another, many people, young and old, wore lining up for fulfillment of Thulabharam vows. What a faith I".

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The temple of Sri Krishna, the lord of Guruvayur or Guruvayur or Gururvayurappan, as the deity is popularly called.
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