Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Krishna, located in the town of Guruvayur . It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus of Kerala and is often referred to as "Bhuloka Vaikunta" which translates to the "Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth". The idol installed at Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple represents a form of Krishna with its four arms carrying the conch Pancajanya, the magical discus with serrated edges Sudarshana Chakra, the mace Kaumodaki and a lotus with a Holy basil garland. This idol represents the majestic form of god Vishnu as revealed to Vasudeva and Devaki around the time of Krishna; hence Guruvayur is also known as "Dwaraka of South India".
The "presiding" deity in the Sri Kovil of the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is Vishnu. He is currently worshipped according to routines laid down by Adi Shankara and later written formally in the tantric way, the inter-religious spiritual movement that arose in medieval India, by Cennas Narayanan Nambudiri . The Cennas Nambudiris are the hereditary tantris of the Guruvayur Temple.The temple (puja) routines are strictly followed.
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