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Pilgrimages of Kerala - Thrissur district

  1. Guruvayur (Famous pilgrimage of Sri Krishna)
  2. Triprayar Rama (Famous pilgrimage of Sri Rama)

Guruvayurappan of Guruvayur:

Sri Krishna - Famous pilgrimage of Guruvayurappan: Guruvayur is associated with the legend of Guruvayurappan (Sri Krishna). According to this legend, the ancient idol of Guruvayurappan was worshipped by Lord Brahma in Dwaraka. When Dwaraka was submerged and Sri Krishna decided to leave His mortal body at Prabhasa Kshetra, He gave this idol to His devotee Uddhava. Uddhava sought the help of Guru (the preceptor of gods) and Vayu (the wind god) to find a holy place to install the idol. Searching for a holy place, they entered the land of Kerala created by Parashurama. They came to Rudra Tirtha, a beautiful lake of lotus flowers where Shiva and Parvati were staying. By their blessings the idol of Sri Krishna was installed near the lake. Since Uddhava sought the help of Guru and Vayu in selecting the temple site, the place came to be known as Guruvayupura and Sri Krishna is lovingly called Guruvayurappan.

- Guruvayur is located in the Thrissur district of Kerala.

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Triprayar Rama:

Sri Rama Triprayar Rama Temple - Famous pilgrimage of Sri Rama: Triprayar Rama is associated with the legend of Vakkey Kaimal. According to this legend, Vakkey Kaimal, a local chieftain and an ardent devotee once had a dream in which a person indicated that four idols had been washed ashore in the nearby sea, and each of them are to be consecrated at alloted places. Kaimal went to the seashore early in the morning and found the four idols lying there - of Rama, Bharata, Lakshmana and Satrughna. He duly installed them in four temples whose locations were directed in the dream - Rama at Triprayar, Bharata at Kutalmanikyam (Irinjalakuda), Lakshmana at Moozhikulam and Satrughna at Payammal.

- During the preparation of installation of the Rama temple at Triprayar, an unknown voice told that the idol should be installed in the place above which a peacock would fly in the sky. On the auspicious day however, there was no sign of the peacock. When a devotee appeared holding a bunch of peacock feathers, it was taken as a sign of peacock itself and the pratistha was performed. Later on however, the peacock appeared in the sky and below it the balikkal or altar was installed. The altar kept moving round and round. One day Naronathu Bhranthan, a yogi came there and knowing the cause of the movement, fixed a nail on the balikkal. The movement stopped after that. The place where the nail was fixed can be seen even today.

- The image of Rama has four hands holding Sankha, Chakra, Kodanda (Bow) and Mala (Garland). There are idols of Sridevi and Bhumi Devi said to be installed by Vilwamangal Swamiyar after he had a vision of the Devis offering prayers to the Lord.

- Festivals: The two famous festivals are Ekadasi in Vrischikam (Nov - Dec) and Pooram in Meenam (Mar - Apr). On the Ekadasi festival Sri Rama is taken out in procession. Many elephants are taken out in this procession. The Pooram festival is celebrated for seven days starting on Makiram asterism in meenam (Mar - Apr) and ending on the Pooram asterism.

- Triprayar Rama temple is located in the Thrissur district of Kerala.

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Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
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Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
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2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
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Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
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