Thursday, August 7, 2014

Guruvayoor Temple Murals

Guruvayoor Temple which is dedicated to God Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu is situated at  Guruvayoor town in Kerala and this ancient temple is believed to be more than 5000 years old.Guruvayoor temple is the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees visiting there per day.It is as important as 'Puri Jagannath Temple of Orissa,Dhwarakadheesh Temple in Dwaraka of  Gujarat,Balaji Temple in Tirupathy of Andhrapradesh, and Nathdwara Temple of Rajasthan.
Yet Guruvayoor Temple is not among the 108 abodes of Lord Vishnu in India.(Divya Desams).Out of the 108 famous ancient shrines of Lord Vishnu in India   11 are in Kerala which includes five Pandava Mahavishnu Temples in and around Chengannur which are:-
Trichittatt Temple in Mundancavu,Chengannur
Thrippuliyoor Mahavishnu Temple at Puliyoor in Chengannur.
Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple at Thiruvanvandoor, in Chengannur.
Parthasaradhy Temple at Aranmula.
Trikkodithanam Mahavishnu Temple at Thrikkodithanam, near Changanacherry
and other temples in this category are 
Sree Vallabha Swamy Temple at Thiruvalla
Thrikkakara Mahavishnu Temple at Trikkakara.
Thirumoozhikkulam Lakshmana Temple,Thirumoozhikkulam
Thiruvanchikulam Mahavishnu Temple in Trichur
Thirnunavay Mukunda Temple at Thirunavay
Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Thiruvananthapuram.

The glory of Guruvayoor Temple is that the idol of that temple was revered by Lord Sree Krishna himself.Lord Krishna worshiped the 'Chaturbahu Vigraha'(idol with four hands) of Lord Vishnu at Dwaraka Palace and before his ascension to Vaikuntha abode he handed over the idol to his devotee Uthava and assured that his presence would be in that idol and he would  bless those who approach him in refuge and devotion.The idol is in standing posture and holding conch Panchajanya in one hand,Lotus flower in the second,Mace

'Kaumodaki' in the third and Discus 'Sudarsana Chakra' in the fourth.Since Krishna said that his presence would be in that idol it is worshiped as Lord Sree Krishna.At the time of Saint  'Aadi Shankaracharya' he modified the 'Pooja rituals' to be followed which was strictly practiced by the 'Tantric Priests' and  still continuing as such.
The idol was later consecrated at 'Guruvayoor'  and worshiped as God Krishna and many devotees felt or literally saw Lord Krishna in his boyhood form.Many devotees like 'Kurooramma,Poet Poonthanam,Manavedan,Swamy Villwamangalam' etc witnessed Lord Krishna.Because of the boons granted by the Lord to firm devotees large number of devotees visit this shrine.
Entry inside the temple is restricted to Hindus only.

In this temple there are ancient mural Paintings which are well preserved.
Guruvayoor Devaswom is running an 'Institute for Mural Painting' very near to  the temple where five year course is conducted for aspirants who want to master this art form.They are given 'Gurukulam' type training by which they get free accommodation and food and have to stay in the premises of the Institute.A stipend is also given to the students during the period of  mural painting course. 

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