Sri Krishna Jayanthi at Guruvayur temple, Kerala 2022

Happy Sri Krishna jayanthi 2022.

Guruvayur sri Krishna temple, Kerala

Guruvayur sri Krishna temple is  one among the most popular Sri Krishna temples of India.  Referred to as Lord Guruvayurappan (Lord Vishnu), lots of devotees from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and south Karnataka visit this temple.  Being managed by the  Guruvayur Devaswom Board, here Sri Krishna or  Guruvayurappan, the main deity in the sanctum, is being  worshipped as  his avatar Krishna). The main idol, a small one with four arms   carrying the conch Panchajanya, the discus Sudarshana Chakra, the mace Kaumodaki, and a lotus with a Holy basil garland.

oil lamp post. Guruvayur sri Krishna temple, Kerala

The unusual feature about the iyempoon idol here is it represents the child form of Sri Krishna at the time of his birth as revealed by God Vishnu to his parents Vasudeva and Devaki in the Gokulam. Worship protocol laid down by Adi Shankara was followed here for some period in the past.   Since the time of  Chennas Narayanan Nambudiri (born in 1427) the tantric worship is formally observed here. Still the Chennas Nambudiris are the hereditary tantris (high priest) of the Guruvayur Temple.

Guruvayur sri Krishna temple,

The devotees call this place  Bhuloka Vaikunta (Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth) and the temple affairs are being managed by the Guruvayur Devaswom under  the Government of Kerala. Among the temple festivals, Shri Krishna Janmashtami (Birthday of Lord Krishna) in the month of Chingam, is celebrated on a grand scale with bhakti and religious fervor. It is a 10-day long festival  in the Malayalam month of Kumbham starting with flag hoisting on Pooyam star.

Sri Krishna jayathi, guruvayur, kerala.

On the Sri Krishna jayanthi day,  Guruvayur Devaswom will normally serve a feast for lots of devotees running into thousands during the festivities.  This year they had a plan to serve  30,000 people on the occasion of Sri Krishna Jayanti. The feast including popular  payasam, is served at the Annalakshmi Hall and Thekke Nada Hall on the temple premises and at a time 2000 devotees can eat.  The Dewasom had already put up pandal for the devotees who would stand in line for the feast in the morning itself. A total of 47140 appam would be  prepared in the temple kitchen (in Tamil madapalli) for morning  neivedhyam.  Prasadam includes  palpayassam, appam and rice pudding and it is normally prepared by  temple priests for distribution among devotees for a reasonable price within Rs.10. 

At 3 am Devaswom Pensioners' Association will  light  the tall lamp during nirmalyam. This year marks the  113rd anniversary of the installation of the lamp post at  Kizhakkenada  and there will be  deeparadhana in the evening.