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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

According to Sage Dattatreya, Brahma originally worshipped the imago at Guruvayur. Brahma gifted it to Vishnu. Krishna, as the incarnation of Vishnu, brought the idol also along with him to Dwaraka. When the time came for His swargarohanam or ascent to Heaven, the Lord asked his foremost disciple and devotee, Uddhava to retrieve the idol from the impending submergence of Dwaraka in the sea and install it at a spot equally holy so that He could shower His blessings on His devotees and save them from the evil effects of Kaliyuga.

Uddhava entrusted the job to Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the god of winds. They took possession of the idol and moved in search of a proper place. Ultimately they decided to install it near a lake full of lotuses, on one side of which there were Siva and Parvati. That is Guruvayur, the place (ur) having derived its name from Guru and Vayu who jointly installed the vigraha.

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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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