TEMPLE ETIQUETTES - DOs  AND Don'ts

  • Ideally, entrance in to the temple for the darshan (new glimpse of the Lord) is made after a holy dip in the "Rudra theertham" (temple pond), and in the same wet clothes while querying up for the darshan, devotees are to maintain strict discipline and be careful about their ornaments and purses.  They are not to stand on the belikkallu (Altar).
     

  • Wearing shirts, trousers, vests, pyjamas, lungis( printed dhotis), churidars, footwear etc. is forbidden. Hence ladies can wear saris and skirts and blouses while the men can wear plain white or cream dhoti. 
     

  • Possessions like cameras, video cameras, radios, tape-recorders etc. cannot be taken into the 'Chuttambalam' - the place surrounding the 'sanctum Sanctorum'.
       

  • One should be careful not to spit or vomit in the temple.  Very small children should not be taken inside. Those who are dirtying the temple will have to pay for the 'Punyaha' or purification ceremony. 
     

  • Begging inside the temple is forbidden.
     

  • Newly married couples are not allowed inside the Chuttambalam also known as Nalambalam, soon after the marriage ceremony.
     

  • Details of ‘Vazhipadu’ (offerings) can be collected from the office at the east nada (entrance). 

Having browsed earlier on the glory of the Lord, the shrine at   Guruvayur would surely be on your itinerary, the next time you plan your holiday.  And when you do come, remember to adhere to these etiquettes.

TIMINGS OF REMITTANCE FOR PRASADAM AND OBTAINING PRASADAMS FROM GURUVAYUR TEMPLE.
(Note: Timings given below are tentative due to variations in daily routine)

Prasadams Working time of ticket counters Working time of counters distributing prasadams.
Malar (puffed rice) 4.00 a.m - 11.00 a.m next day 5.00 a.m -10.00 a.m
Neipayasam 4.00 a.m - 8.00 a.m

5.00 p.m - 8.00 p.m

5.00 a.m - 8.00 a.m on the same day.
next day 5.00 a.m -8.00 a.m
Plantain, Sugar, Kalabham (Packet), butter, Abhisheka oil. whenever the counter is open whenever the counter is open subject to availability.
Paalada, Eratti Payasam 5.00 p.m - 8.00 p.m Next day after the noon pooja (Ucha pooja) till the shrine is closed.
Sarkara payasam, Thirumadhuram 4.00 a.m - 9.00 a.m after the noon pooja
Palpayasam 5.00 a.m - 10.00 a.m
5.00 p.m - 8.00 p.m
Same day after the noon pooja. Next day after the noon pooja
(On some days, Palpayasam will be available after Athazha pooja from 8.00 p.m to 8.30 pm. For this the tickets can be obtained after 5.00 p.m)
Appam, Ada, Avil 4.00 a.m - 10.00 a.m The same night after the Nivedyam till beginning of Athazha Seeveli and next day 5.00 a.m to 9.00 a.m.
Kalabham 4.00 a.m - 11.00 a.m
5.00 p.m - 8.00 p.m
Next day from 5.00 a.m to 11.00 a.m from 5.00 a.m to 11.00  on the day after.
Unda Mala & Thirumudimala 4.00 a.m - 11.00 a.m
5.00 p.m - 8.00 p.m
Next day from 5.00 a.m to 11.00 a.m from 5.00 a.m to 11.00  on the day after.

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