February 4, 2012

Delhi Uttara Guruvayurappan Temple

Site Name: Uttara Guruvayurappan Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Mayur Vihar Phase I, East Delhi, the capital city of India
Highlights: An important Kerala type temple in Delhi city
Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi
Nearest Airport: New Delhi
How to reach: Well connected from all over India - Road, rail and air
Hotel: A lot of options - budget hotels to star hotels
Restaurants: Many options and varieties throughout the city of Delhi

Delhi, the capital city of India, has a lot number of South Indians in East Delhi region. Mayur Vihar is a locality in East Delhi dominated by South Indians especially Keralites (Malayalees). Guruvayurappan temple is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in Kerala state. Similar to that, a temple dedicated to Guruvayurappan was built in Mayur Vihar Phase I by Malayalam speaking people. As this temple, which was built in the 1980s, is located in the northern part of India, it is called as Uttara Guruvayurappan temple ("Uttara" meaning north).

Uttara Guruvayurappan temple is built in a typical Kerala temple architectural style. The sanctum sanctorum enshrines the beautiful idol of Lord Guruvayurappan (aka Krishna). The temple has a huge prakara and a lot of idols are found in the pillars. The temple also houses the shrines for other Gods and Goddesses such as Ganesha, Shiva, Bhagavati and Ayyappa.

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