When it was time for Sri Krishna to leave the world for Sri Vaikundam, Krishna then gave his disciple Uddhava the idol of Sri Narayana and instructed him to entrust Bṛihaspathi with the task of taking the deity to a suitable location and He left. A great deluge had closed in on Dwaraka, but Bṛhaspati,with the help of his prime disciple Vayu, salvaged and saved the deity floating on a leaf in the water . Bṛhaspati and Vayu went around the world in search of a suitable place to install the idol. At the same time Parusama came searching for the idol at the behest of Naradha. He met Brahaspathi and Vayu with the idol. When the three of them were going around they came to a place with a beautiful lotus lake where god Siva and Parvathi were residing. Siva and Parvati welcomed them and told them that this would be the ideal place for installing the deity. Siva permitted Bṛhaspati and Vayu to perform the consecration rites and blessed them. Siva with Parvati then left to the opposite bank. Parvathi praising Lord Siva for his generosity ( Mahimai ) in relinquishing His place for Sri Narayan and, the place became to be known as Mahimaiyur later as Mammiyur
The main festival is Maha Sivarathri in the month of Kumbha Malayalam Month (Feb-March) which is celebrated with Laksharchana, Ekadasa Rudrabhisheka, Chuttuvilakku, Niramala and other special poojas. The functions will be concluded with a fireworks and followed with Krishnanattam, the classical performance, by the Krishnanattam troop of Guruvayoor Devaswom.
The pradhishta day of Lord Vishnu is celebrated on the Revathy star day in the month of Makaram in a grand manner. Here also Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are given equal importance in all ritualistic functions though the festival is for Lord Vishnu alone.
Temple Timings The temple is open from 5:00 AM till 12:30 noon and from 4:30 pm till 9:00 pm
How to reach?
You can walk from Guruvayur temple or take an auto for Rs 20
Where to Stay? There are around several cottages near the temple built by the temple Guruvayur Devasthanam. Also there are many budget and semi deluxe hotels in Guruvayur near the temple. Sree Sankara Nilayam Guest House is a decent place for brahmins to stay with very nominal cahrges. You should call on 0487-2553499, or email to email@example.com to book in advance.
Where to eat There are several restaurants including the old and famous Indian Coffee House. For Brahmins, there is the Guruvayur Brahmin Samooham where meals are offered daily in the noon. ( you can pay any amount towards doantion)