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Story Of Name Guruvayur - The Origin Of Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple

Krishna is fondly called as Guruvayurappan by the devotees of the famous Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala. The origin of the name of Guruvayur is associated with Vayu, the Hindu god of wind and, Guru, one of the navagrahas or nine planets in Hindu astrology.

Legend has it that the murti of Bhagavan Sri Krishna worshipped at the Guruvayur Temple was originally worshipped by the parents of Krishna, Devaki, and Vasudeva.

When Dwaraka was being submerged in the ocean, Sri Krishna himself asked Uddhava to hand over the murti to Guru (Brihaspati) and Vayu and ask them to take it to a holy place on earth.

Brihaspati, the Guru of Devas, and Vayu took the murti to present day Guruvayur and had it installed there.

The temple thus got the name Guruvayur.

Guruvayur is a world famous temple town in Kerala, South India. It is twenty kilometers to the west of Thrissur.