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“Bangalore - Coimbatore - Guruvayur - Bangalore”
Review of Guruvayur Temple

Guruvayur Temple
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Guruvayur
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Bangalore
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“Bangalore - Coimbatore - Guruvayur - Bangalore”
Reviewed 27 November 2012

We started our journey from Bangalore on 10th November(4 days before Diwali). A completely packed day with 40-45 mins in each booths, long queue to pay the toll. Finally managed to reach my home in Coimbatore at 5.30 evening. A very tiring 9 and a half hour's journey, with average speed less than 50km/hr.

Next day, took the Palakkad - Shoranur - Pattambi road to reach Guruvayur. Roads are pathetic with potholes everywhere after shoranur. Very narrow roads with lot of deviations. Stayed in a place called Guruvayur Resorts. Neat and clean place for the money we paid. But the food prices are exhorbitant. We didn't have any meal there. The first day, we made the mistake of having our dinner at Indian Coffee House. Tasteless food... and no options at all. They only had Dosas.

We went for the morning Darshan. My mom, dad and grandpa went in the senior citizens queue, which took only 5 minutes for the darshan. The rest of us continued in the general queue which took about 30 minutes. Great darshan and came out of the temple in search of hotels. Finally decided to break our fast in Ramakrishna Brahmins Hotel. Yummy breakfast... with lot of options and very tasty. The Uppumavu they served was mindboggling. Started to Coimbatore. This time we took a different route (by mistake) which doesn't come through Pattambi. Nice single road with no potholes. I did a constant 90 km/hr speed during this stretch till palakkad. Palakkad - Coimbatore road is in a bad condition.

Started our drive to Bangalore next day morning. No traffic this time and maintained a constant speed of 140 through out Coimbatore - Bangalore stretch. Though there are some 4 laning work going on between Perumanallur, Avinashi - Coimbatore stretch. Overall its a good trip.

Visited November 2012
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“"Great Hindu Temple"”
Reviewed 23 November 2012

Guruvayur temple is almost 5000 years old. Strict dress code is to be followed. Men are allowed to enter the temple only in dhotis. Men with shirts are not allowed inside. Women are allowed to enter the temple in sari or salwar. strange ! Temple has 3 entrances with separate queue for ladies. Be prepared to wait for at least an hour or two in the queue on any day. It can be longer during weekends and school holidays. Mobiles, cameras are not allowed inside the temple. Cloak rooms are available for storage. Here you can see one specialty i.e.,One of the very very few temple where non Hindus are not allowed for so many reasons...,

Visited October 2012
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New Delhi
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“A Great Temple ! Learn to ignore some irritants”
Reviewed 18 November 2012

I am a regular visitor to this great temple. The QUE system works well and I frequently use this mode. This is one way to get to know the reality and experience the moods of various kinds of devotees One can also use other channels - you don't need to pay any money - and gain access to the temple directly depending on who you are ? But such an entry robs you of the rich experience of mingling with a variety of people from all over India. The sanctity of this temple is still kept in its most rustic and traditional style. The temple is very clean. And the variety of people who visit with such devotion is baffling.But one thing that is strikingly annoying is the discourteous temple staff inside the inner temple who always treat the devotees like a flock of sheep. Many people tolerate this Trade Marked unbecoming behaviour because as they are nearer the deity having waited for hours, they don't want to contaminate their thoughts and that experience with the distractions produced by the unruly and sometimes abusive behaviour of these sinning temple staff.

Once I experienced one such temple staff using an empty agarbatti box to "pat" ( i am using a mild term 'pat' - actually it was worse) on the naked shoulders of visitors - the idea is to drive them away quickly.. In Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Karnataka Temples, such a practice is unthinkable. But if you choose to avoid the QUE and come in as VIP, these staff dare not do anything. Some devotees react but in the process lose the tranquility they were seeking. This is nothing but the arrogance of these people who haven't been trained properly. In Kerala I suppose one should not expect that. But the Temple Authorities can do something because the staff at the Sales Counters are less aggressive !!

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Bengaluru, India
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“Holystic Temple”
Reviewed 13 November 2012

Everyone must visit and feel the presence of god. Diety is very old as per mythology it got from dwaraka. People are saying idol is not recognized as either wood or metal and a tiny idol.

Visited November 2012
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Vasai, India
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“A great pilgrimage center”
Reviewed 10 November 2012

The temple is just awesome. But commercialization has creeped in resulting in VIP treatment for some

Visited December 2011
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