Guruvayur Temple Syllabus: GS1/ Art & Culture Context |

Guruvayur Temple Syllabus: GS1/ Art & Culture Context

The Prime Minister of India recently visited Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayur.

About the temple

∙ Guruvayur is home to the historic Sree Krishna Temple, called the Dwaraka of the South.

∙ It is among the most revered and popular pilgrimage destinations in Thrissur, Kerala.

∙ The temple is built in the traditional Kerala architectural style and the central shrine is believed to have been rebuilt in 1638 C.E.

∙ As per tradition, the shrine faces the East with two Gopurams (tower), one in the East and other in the West.

∙ In the front and the east side of the Nalambalam (a square shaped column) lie the pillars of light called Deepastambam. There are a number of such light pillars in the temple.

∙ One of the most popular offerings at Guruvayoor temple is Thulabharam, where devotees are weighed against bananas, sugar, jaggery and coconuts equivalent to their weight, on a giant pair of scales.

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