The sights and sounds of Guruvayur
In the years that have gone by, temples have been the centers of maximum “foot-fall” in any given region – a metric that the retail industry uses today to identify location of malls and marquee stores. Not surprisingly, in addition to being a visible emblem of religion and philosophy, social and cultural activities also revolved around and scaled with the splendor of temple. This tenet holds particularly true for the ancient and magnificent Sri Krishna temple at Guruvayur – a place that is often referred to as Bhooloka Vaikuntam.
Deep roots that have stood strong for a long time
As always, there are conflicting records of how old the temple is! Legend talks about the deity being there for more than 5,000 years. There are evidences of Brahmin and vedic settlements in this area since the period of Chandragupta Maurya but there is no clear reference to this temple. One of the earliest recorded evidence was found in an early 16th century Malayalam poem called Chakravakasandesa¸ which refers to a place called “Kuruvayaur beyond the village of Mammiyur.” To provide some context, this was just about the time when the Mughal Empire was being established in North India.