Guruvayoor Daily Pooja Timings and Rates

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The temple is open 03:00 am to 01:00 pm & 04:30pm to 08:30 pm.
A temple, famous all over India as a pilgrim centre, dedicated to Lord Krishna popularly known as Guruvayoorappan. The Sreekrishna idol of this temple is believed to have been worshipped by Vasudevar and Devaki at Dwaraka. This shrine popularly known as ‘Dakshina Dwaraka’ (Dwaraka of south) is in the form of a rectangle. There are a lot of mural paintings around the ‘Shrikovil’ (Shrine).

The Guru along with his disciple Vayudeva (god of air), found a place which was recommended by Lord Paramashiva. Thus the Guru and Vayu installed this deity and Paramashiva named the place as Guruvayoor. The idol is carved out a stone called 'Pathala Anjana Sila' and is utmost sacred. The place selected for the installation was suitably sacred by the presence of Lord Shiva.

The outer enclosure has a 33.5-m tall gold-plated flag post and there is also a 7 m high pillar of lamps, whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly brilliant spectacle, when lit. The square 'Sreekovil' is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple, there are also the images of Ganapathy, Sree Ayyappa and Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.

The Legends are

Once Sankaracharya was on his aerial journey to Shringeri. While above Guruvayur he smiled at the pompousness and vivacity of the procession of Sreebhootha Bali (feeding celestial attendants) and tried to pass the temple without making any obeisance to the Lord. Suddenly he came crashing down and the procession stopped there at the northwest corner. He soon recovered and saw the Lord in all his royalty. Realizing the cause of his fall, Sankaracharya prostrated before the Lord and tried to win the Lord's favour by chanting 8 slokas in praise of Govinda, known as Govinda ashtakam. The small opening in the roof over the North- West courtyard is in commemoration of this event. Sankaracharya is believed to have instituted the Mandala Vilakku (lighting of lamps for 41days).

 

Kururamma was a childless widow. She adopted Unnikrishna as her son and gave Him a lot of motherly love. Villwamangalam also saw the Lord in the form of Unnikrishna but the Lord always preferred Kururamma for her devotion.

Once an old Brahmin with severe stomach ache approached Villwamangalam for relief. Villwamangalam could not cure him and told that the pain is the result of his past karma. Dispirited and dejected he unknowingly reached at Kururamma’s house. Kururamma thought he is hungry and offered him some food. The Brahmin said that he could not eat any food because of his stomach ache, which even Villwamangalam could not cure. After listening to his grievances, she told the Brahmin to have a bath in the tank, in the name of Lord. After his bath, he was served food. He realized that his stomach ache had disappeared. He ate the food and expressed his gratitude to Kururamma.

One day Kururamma was washing her cloths. A few drops of water unintentionally fell upon Chemmangatt Amma, another lady of the locality who had finished her bath. She felt polluted and took a second plunge in water to purify. She sarcastically told Kururamma that now she was doubly clean and stated that today Villwamangalam would be coming to her illam (house of a Brahmin) for bhiksha (alms). By this she wanted to show her acquaintance with the saint Villwamangalam. Kururamma replied that  the saint would only come to her illam and not to Chemmangatt’s illam. Kururamma sent a member of her family to invite the saint, but he apologetically refused since he had promised to go to Chemmangatt earlier. After his daily worship, Villwamangalam started for Chemmangatt’s house for the bhiksha. But the pilot who was to lead his way by blowing conch to announce his presence could not produce any sound from his conch (shankh). It was a bad omen and Villwamangalam was bewildered. Then he remembered his refusal to Kururamma’s offer in the morning, and decided that it is the Lord’s wish that he should go to Kururamma’s illam. On this thought itself, the conch started functioning and filled the air with its resonant sound. The saint then turned his steps towards Kururamma’s house. The Lord was always partial to Kururamma.

Vazhipadu Rates

Minimum Charges (Rs.)

Aalroopam Open
Aanasamrakshanam Open
Aanayoottu 6000
Ahassu 1000
Appam 10
Ashtapadi (1 Adhyayam) 2
Ata 10
Athazham 4000
Autorikshaw, Motor Cycle, etc. 50
Avil 5
Bhagavatha Sapthaham 750
Bhagavatham (1 Adhyayam) 2
Bhagavathi Azhal 10
Bhagavathi Chuttuvilakku 1000
Bus, Lorry, etc. 250
Car, Jeep, etc. 100
Choroonu 10
Chuttuvilakku (for booking) 15000
Enna Abhishekam (1/4 Litre) 17
Ganapathi Archana 2
Geetha (1 Adhyayam) 2
Gopooja 250
Gopreethi 10
Irattipayasam 80
Kalabhalankaram 2040
Kalabham (1 Packet) 8
Kalabham (1 Urula) 340
Kelikkai 5
kettunira (Sabarimala) 5
Krishnanatam Kali 1500
Lalithasahasranamam 3
Malar Nivedyam (1/4 Litre) 2.5
Malayital (Sabarimala) 2
Marriage 125
Na,askaram 4000
Narayaneeyam (1 Dasakam) 2
Neyjapam 2
Neypayasam 10
Neyvilakku 1
Niramala 75
Palata Pradhaman 70
Palpayasam 10
Panchasara, Pazham 5
Prasada Oottu Open
Pushpanjali, Ashtotharam 3
Pushpanjali, Purushasooktham 2
Pushpanjali, Sahasranamam 4
Saastharchana 2
Sapthasudhi Abhishekam 202
Sapthasudhi Churungiyathu 2
Sarkarapayasam 10
Sreekovil Neyvilakku 250
Thali Pooja 10
Thirumudimala 10
Thrimadhuram 5
Thulabharam (Thattilpanam - Material costs extra) 1
Udayasthamanapooja (for booking) 50,000.00
Undamala 25
Vahana Pooja -  
Veda Parayanam 600
Vellanivedyam 7
Venna Nivedyam 5

Vidyarambham

5

 
Opening Closing Times
1 3.00 AM Nata Thurakkal (Opening)
2 3.00 to 3.10 Nirmalyadarsanam
3 3.10 to 3.45 Thailabhishekam, Vaakacharthu, Samkhabhishekam
4 3.45 to 4.15 Malarnivedyam, Alamkaram
5 4.15 to 4.30 Ushanivedyam
6 5.30 to 6.15 Darsanam, Ethirettu Pooja, then Usha Pooja
7 6.15 to 7.15 Darsanam and Sheeveli
7.15 to 9.00 Palabhishekam, Navakabhishekam, Pantheerati Nivedyam Pooja
9 9.00 to 11.30 Darsanam
10 11.30 to 12.30 Nivedyam Uccha Pooja
11     12.30 to 4.30 Nata Atakkal (closing)
12 4.30 Nata Thurakkal (Opening)
13 4.30 to 6.15 Sheeveli, Darsanam
14 6.15 to 6.45 Deeparadhana (according to the sunset timing)
15 6.45 to 8.15 Darsanam, Nivedyam, Athazha Pooja
16 8.30 to 9.00 Athazha Sheeveli
17 9.00 to 9.15 Thruppuka, Olavayana
18 9.15 PM

Nata Atakkal (Closing)
(On days with vilakku, thruppuka will be only after vilakku. After closing there will be Krishnanattam vazhipadu everyday except tuesdays)
 
Distance
Alappuzha
136 Km
Changanassery 164 Km
Kochi 80 Km
Kannoor 198 Km
Kasargod 264 Km
Kalpatta 171 Km
Kozhikkode (Calicut) 108 Km
Kottayam 146 Km
Kollam 225 Km
Malappuram
70 Km
Munnar
179 Km
Palakkad 86 Km
Shoranur 40 Km
Sabarimala 214 Km
Thrissur 30 Km
Trivandrum 296 Km
Thalassery

175 Km

   
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