Guruvayur temple is one of the most facinating temples in Kerala. Guruvayur is a very important pilgrimage centre, also known as the Dwarka of the South. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
In the outer enclosure of the temple, is the tall 33.5 m high gold-plated 'dhwajastambham' or flag-post. The 7 m high 'dipastambham' or pillar of lamps is a splendid spectacle when lit. Wonderful craftsmanship can be seen on the ten pillars just near the entrance.
The Square, two-storeyed, 'srikoil' is the sacred sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. This idol of Krishna, with four arms carrying the conch, the discus, the mace and the lotus, and adorned with a Thulasi garland and pearl necklaces, is made of a particular stone called 'Patala Anjanamâ€™.