Krishnanattam Kali was the root cause of the initial development of the world famous dance-drama form of Kathakali. Krishnanattam, whose verses are in Sanskrit, was originated and preserved only at Guruvayurappan temple. In addition, Guruvayur temple is also famous for two renowned literary works - Narayaneeyam by Melpathoor Narayana Bhattathiri and Jnanappana by Poonthanam, both of which were written by two of the ardent devotees of Lord Krishna sitting in Guruvayur temple. While Narayaneeyam is a brisk walk through of the Dasaavatharam (10 incarnations of Maha Vishnu) in Sanskrit, Jnanappana is in Mayalayalam invoking the naked truths of life preaching the does and dont's for human beings.
Management of the Temple is done by Guruvayur Devaswom Management Committee under the directions of Government of Kerala. The temporary members of committee are "nominated" by the ruling party of the Government of Kerala from time to time. Permanent members are the current heands of the families of Chennas Mana (the heridatory Thanthri of the temple), Samuthiri and Mallisseri Mana.
At the start of the current yuga, Brihaspathi found a floating statuette of Lord Krishna. He and Vayu installed the statuette in this temple to help mankind in this yuga. This legend forms the basis for the names of both the statuette (Guruvayurappan) and the town.
The temple is a main site for Hindu marriages. a record number of marriages take place each day at the temple some times crossing 100 in a single day. Devotees of guruvayurappan think it is a blessing to start married life in front of the lord.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has recently started on its center and guest house for pilgrims to the town.
Whose God Is It Anyway? A purification ceremony at the Guruvayur temple has the state Government pushing to change ancient temple rituals and customs even as some groups lash out at the ruling cpi(m) for 'targeting' only Hindu places of worship
Jun 18, 2007; For millions of the faithful, no trip to Kerala is complete without a visit to the 16th century Sri Krishna temple at...