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Guruvayur Ekadashi

This is the most important festival of the famous Lord Krishna temple of Guruvayur. It is observed on the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi day during the Vrischikam month or November / December. The festival draws large number of pilgrims. The elephants of Guruvayur Temple pay respect to the late Guruvayur Keshavan, which was the most renowned elephant of Kerala on this day. The famous ‘Chembai Music Festival’ is also part of the festival.

 

Guruvayur Utsavam

The ten day temple festival in Guruvayur also is equally famous and thousands visit the temple for this. It is celebrated during the month of February / March. The most important event of the festival is the ‘Anayottam’ or Elephant race on the first day of the Utsavam which is viewed by a large number of spectators including foreign tourists. A number of unique rituals and cultural programmes form part of the ten day festival.