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Along the highway from Kozhikod to Ernakulam, which passes parallel to the coast, Guruvayur is a small town that could well be ignored but for its famous temple. The temple attracts devotees from all over Kerala and also from other parts of the country, giving the town a prominent position in Kerala’s tourist map.
First references of the town are found in 14th century Tamil literature, but the legends speak about a 5000-year history to Guruvayur. It is said that King Janamejaya, a descendent of the Pandavas was cured of leprosy by taking refuge under the lord of the town.
Guruvayur is also known for a large number of tuskers managed by the temple. These elephants were gifted by devotees to the temple. Also well known in Guruvayur is the Mammiyoor temple, where Shiva is said to have stood and given blessings during the installation ceremony of the idol of Guruvayurappan.
Guruvayur becomes a hub of activity during the well-known Guruvayur Festival. The 10-day event occurs in Malayalam month of Kumbham, which falls in February-March. The festival involves lighting and decorations of the temple, fireworks and cultural events.
Guruvayur is a part of Thrissur district, which is blessed with natural beauty. The beautiful waterfalls of Athirappally and Vazhachal are just two hours away from the town.
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