Divine Procession of Devi

Here are some lovely sights of divine procession of Devi (Goddess) of Manappullikavu temple in Palakkad City.Lovely Sights Divine Procession of Devi India - Lovely Sights Lovely Sights of Kerala  Tourist places of Kerala temple rituals temple Procession Palakkad Manappullikavu Kerala temples Kerala India Hindu rituals Goddess procession elephant procession Divine Procession Devi decorated elephants

On the last day of the yearly ten-day long temple festivities of Manappullikavu, the Deity of Devi is taken on a divine procession around the streets in the localities near the temple.  The procession usually lasts for around two hours. The Devi is taken around accompanied by a number of adorned elephants, drummers, dancers and decorations.  The households along the route of the procession offer bananas and food for the elephants and drinks and sweets to those accompanying the Goddess.  Thousands of devotees line up the route of divine procession and seek blessings of Devi. Continue reading “Divine Procession of Devi”

Panchamukhi Hanuman – Five Faced Hanuman

This fantastic statue of Panchamukhi Hanuman is situated at Shirdi village in Maharashtra. This is one of the few idols of the Hanumanji with five faces. In addition to the face of Hanuman, the idol has four other faces Hayagriva, Narasimha, Garuda and Varaha. This idol has ten arms, wielding various weapons and items. The five faces signifies five directions – South, North, East, West and Upward.

Shri Sai Prasadalaya

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Kerala Mural Painting Classes in Guruvayur

A captivating lovely sight at Guruvayur is the beautiful display Kerala Mural Painting on the walls of Guruvayur Temple. Not many are aware that, under the patronage of Guruvayur Devaswam, an Institute of Mural Paintings has been established in 1989 which offers Kerala mural painting classes. The mural painting classes also include preparing for a five-year National Diploma course.

Story behind the Institute

There is an interesting story behind the establishment of this Institute. The Kerala mural painting work  on the walls of Sreekovil (Sanctum Sanctorum) was damaged in the fire that engulfed the Guruvayur temple in 1970.  As part of … Continue reading “Kerala Mural Painting Classes in Guruvayur”

Guruvayur Keshavan

An awesome lovely sight near Guruvayur temple is the life size statue of Gajarajan Guruvayur Keshavan. Guruvayur Keshavan, who, according to records, was donated to the temple by Royal family of Nilambur on January 4, 1922, is the most famous and widely known temple elephant of Kerala. At that time he was only 10 year old. Padmanabhan was the leading elephant at that time and Keshavan quickly imbibed the impressive stature and gestures of the great temple elephant. While standing among other elephants Keshavan’s head always was held majestically higher. Continue reading “Guruvayur Keshavan”

Guruvayur temple dress code and other important information

Guruvayur temple adheres to very orthodox traditions and customs. For those who want to go inside the temple, there is a strict dress code.  Read on  for essential information about Guruvayur temple dress code and other aspects of visiting this temple: Continue reading “Guruvayur temple dress code and other important information”

Guruvayur Temple

Guruvayur temple is considered by devotees as the abode of Lord Vishnu on earth (Bhoomi Vaikundam). The form of Divine idol here (Guruvayurappan) is the one which was revealed to Vasudeva and Devaki, during birth of Krishna. The beautiful idol of Vishnu in this temple is shown wearing Tulasi garland and his divine arms holding Pancahjanya (Conch), Sudarshana Chakra, Kaumodaki (mace) and lotus. However, the Meshanti (Chief Priest) and other priests create various different magnificent forms of the divine every day using sandlewood, decorations and ornaments. Devotees at large prefer to visualize the deity as  Krishna in his childhood (Balakrishna). Continue reading “Guruvayur Temple”