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We have been keeping Golu at home generations after generations. Ours is a very traditional golu, we adhere to culture and traditional values and use only themes in golu to spread the less known spiritual stories every year. This year we have kept 21 steps and the theme is Bhooloka Vaikuntam – Guruvayur. We have tried to depict 24 stories around the temple formation; devotees, legends & miracles of Guruvayurappa; temple rituals and ceremonies. We have customized the dolls to narrate the story with relevant back-drops. One Kerala lamp decorated as Guruvayurappan adorns the center of the golu

The presiding deity of the Guruvayur Temple is Guruvayoorappan, he is worshiped as Shri Krishna in his child form. The deity represents the purna rupa (full manifestation) revealed by baby Krishna to his parents Vasudeva and Devaki immediately after his birth
Lord Brahma gifted the Vishnu idol to Sutapa and his wife Prsni, who were meditating upon Lord Vishnu for begetting a child, the Lord appeared before them., they expressed their wish, that they want a son just like the Lord, he told that he would himself be born as their son in three successive births, They were reborn as Vasudeva and Devaki, the Lord took birth as their eighth son Krishna. They had the fortune to worship the holy idol of Lord Vishnu made by the Lord himself.
Dwapara Yuga came to an end. Before leaving to Vaikuntha, Krishna called his friend and disciple Uddhava and told that Dwarka would be affected by floods, and the lone non-natural survivor of the flood will be the divine idol worshipped by his parents in three births. He also advised him to hand over the idol to Brihaspati. Uddhava informed Brihaspati about the idol. By the time Brihaspati reached Dwarka, everything was over, he saw the holy idol of Lord Vishnu floating on the seawater. Then he called Vayu, one among his important disciples. Vayu, with the help of Varuna, the sea god, created huge waves towards the point where Brihaspati was standing. Brihaspati took the idol in his hands. Suddenly, sage Parashurama appeared there and told them to install the idol in an apt location in Bhargava Kshetra.
According to the wishes of the Sage, Brihaspati and Vayu took the idol and travelled by sky southwards, they saw a large, beautiful lake on the western side of Bhargava Kshetra, very close to the sea. Brihaspati and Vayu realised something divine there. No sooner, they saw Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati dancing on the lake shore. Brihaspati and Vayu landed on the ground. Lord Shiva told them that he was waiting for their arrival, and that the apt location for installing the idol of Lord Vishnu was where he was standing
The word Guruvayurappan, meaning Lord of Guruvayur, comes from the words Guru referring to Brihaspati, the Guru of the Devas, Vayu, the God of Wind and Appan meaning 'father' or 'Lord' in Malayalam. Since Guru and Vayu installed Krishna's deity, the name Guruvayurappanwas given to the deity by Lord Shiva
Vishwakarma constructed the temple with all the necessary components. Brihaspati and Vayu installed the idol with all necessary rituals. Lord Shiva performed the first pooja to the deity
Worship proceeds according to routines laid down by Adi Shankara in the Tantric way
Devotees, legends and Miracles of Guruvayurappan: Poonthanam Namboothiri; Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri; King Manaveda and Vilwamangalam; Kuruvamma; Manjula; Construction of Venugopala pillar; Nenmini Unni; Aayiram kalam nel; Coconut with horns; Shopkeeper and boy; Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar; Sengalipuram Anantharama Dikshitar Keshavan

Rituals at Guruvayur Temple: Nirmalya Darshanam; Neyvilakku; Vakaicharthu; Seeveli; Weddings; Annaprasanam and Thulabharam

The other highlights are
­ One pair of Marapatchi dolls decorated as Venkateswara and Alamelumanga and another pair decorated as Bride & Groom
­ Celestial Weddings of Rukmani, Srinivasa, Meenakshi, Valli and Pillayar
­ Unique forms of Krishna and Krishna temples
­ Unique forms of Amman worshipped in India
­ Important Vishnu temples
­ Different types of dancing dolls

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