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”