Spiritual Tourism XI - Heavens on Earth - The Mammiyur Temple
Legend has it that Lord Krishna, at the fag end of Dwapara Yuga, handed over the idol of the Supreme to Jupiter and Saturn, Guru and Vayu, the idol which was worshipped at Dwaraka.
Lord Shiva was doing penance near Rudratheertham and they installed the idol at a nearby place, and the place earned the name Guruvayur, as it was installed by Guru ( Jupiter ) and Vayu ( Saturn ). Lord Shiva along with his consort, the Divine Mother, moved away to a nearby place and the place came to be known as Mahimayur or simply Mammiyur !
Devotees, while visiting Guruvayur Temple, nod toward North West, thereby acknowledging the Lord of Mammiyur. Without a visit to Mammiyur, the pilgrim's visit to Mammiyur is not complete.
Mammiyur is intimately connected to Guruvayur, as the rituals and the pujas are in tune with the rituals and pujas of Guruvayur.
Says Bhagavan Sankara in Nirvana Dasakam.
Mammiyur is just 1 km from Guruvayur and it is connected by road. From Trichur, it is 34 kms away.
The Address of the Temple
The Executive Officer
PO Guruvayur, 680101
Trichur, Kerala, India
Ph 0487 2555425
By Govind Kumar