Type : Cultural
Month : March
Location : Sree Krishna Temple, Guruvayur, Thrissur Kerala
Guruvayur Festival is celebrated with much pomp and zeal in Guruvayur temple in Kerala. Guruvayur, known as the Dwarka of South India, attracts thousands of pilgrims each year.
Situated 33km north of Thrissur, the temple is built in typical Kerala style with gateways, repeated mandapas, sreekovil, subsidiary shrines around a courtyard.
Some of the festivals celebrated at Guruvayur temple are Vishu, Ashtami Rohini, Mandalam, Ekadasi, Ashtami Rohini, Kuchela's Day, Chembai music festival and Narayaneeyam day. Ulsavam is the main festival of Guruvayur temple. Ulsavam takes place in the month of February and March and is a 10 day long festival. The festival begins with the hoisting of the flag on Dwajastambham and an elephant race. Pilgrims can witness the procession of the elephants throughout six continuous days. Various cultural programs are also held during this time. Oblations are offered on the 8th day to the Lord’s lieutenants during Utsavabali. It symbolizes the destruction of desire and anger from our lives. Many devotees take a dip in the temple pond during the festival. The Lord after 11 days returns to his holy place and the flag is also lowered at the end of the festival.
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