It is one of the biggest temples in India among Badari, Puri, and Tirupati. The deity is Lord Maha Vishnu with four arms, even though the devotees worship him as Lord Krishna, the complete man incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu. The power of the deity makes the glory and greatness of this temple special.
The main temples of South India are:
The Guru along with his disciple Vayudeva, found a place, which was recommended by Lord Paramashiva. Thus the Guru and Vayu installed this deity and Paramashiva named the place as Guruvayoor. The idol is carved out of a stone called 'Pathala Anjana Sila' and is utmost sacred.
Guruvayoor, where the famous Krishna Temple is situated, is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centers of Kerala. The walls of the temple are inlaid with exquisite paintings and carvings.
In Kerala, this is probably the only temple that hosts the maximum number of marriages and rice feeding ceremonies. The historic temple is shrouded in mystery.
The 'Chuttambalam', which is the outer enclosure of the temple, includes a 33.5-m tall gold-plated flagpost called 'Dwajastambham'. The square 'Sreekovil' is the sacred part of the temple, housing the main deity. Within the temple, the images of Ganapathy, Sree Ayyappa, and Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy are also there. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple.
Punnathoorkotta, which is at a distance of 2 kms from Guruvayoor is home of 50 temple elephants and offers unusual spectacles of the gentle pachyderm.