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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

Bhooloka Vaikuntha

What happened to the Lord when he departed after fulfilling the purpose of his avatara? That beauteous form with all the auspicious marks in which He manifested Himself in flesh and blood to the people of His time is preserved for all time in the sanctified idols of our temples Among the more famous of these shrines is Guruvayur, known as "Bhooloka Vaikuntha" where the Lord reveals Himself to His devotees in the same majestic form in which He welcomes them in Vaikuntha, His celestial abode.

The glory of Guruvayur was revealed by the Sage Dattatreya to King Janamejaya, the son of Parikshit who became a victim of leprosy following a sarpa yajna or snake sacrifice ht, performed to avenge his father's death brought' about by the deadly Takshaka, Naga chieftain Janamejaya obtained no relief from medicines. Ultimately He was advised by sage Dattatreya to worship the image of Sri Krishna at Guruvayur. Janamejaya did so with single-minded devotion and penance for four months. And cured he was of the festering and disfiguring sores of the body.

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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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