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Sacred Complex of the Guruvayur Temple

P.R.G. Mathur (Author)
Synopsis The book is the firest comprehensive study of the tantric aspects of the famous Guruvayur, Sri Krishna Temple, which has become the second richest and busy pilgrim centre of India in recent years. Guruvayur is the centre of a great cultural tradition embracing sacred and secular institutions with diverse religious and social functions, cultural values and symbolic configrations. Pilgrims from different parts of India and abroad have celebrated the diversity of traditions that have shaped Kerals's culture and religion. The history of Guruvayur is the rich and polyvalent religious history of Kerala. Aquintessential expression of this history, Sri Krishna cult of the Zamorin of Calicut found its lasting manifestation in the monumental Sri Krishna temple at Guruvayur. The Guruvayur cult has been hailed for visvapapahatya, removal of earthly sufferings, and bestowal of saukhyam and avesam, earthly well being and pleasure, leading to anandam, or heavenly bliss. The uniqueness of the Guruvayur Sacred Complex is its universal appeal. The secrets of the Sacred Complex of Guruvayur are described in simple language for the lay devotees by the author. The author has combined the humility of a votary with the objectivity of a scientific researcher. Contents : 1. Architectural Design; 2. Utilization of Temple Space; 3. Sculptures, Reliefs and Motifs; 4. Rites and Rituals Connected with Daily Worship; 5. Rituals Connected with Offerings; 6. Structure and Functions of Temple Functionaries; 7. Ceremonies and Festivals (Seasonal Festivals; Sahasra Kalasam; Annual Utsavam; Musical Instruments in the Rituals and Ceremonies; Krishnanattom); 8. Administrative Structure; 9. Sacred Complex of the Guruvayur Temple; Appendices I : Miracles of the Guruvayurappan; Appendices II : Guruvayur Devaswam Acts and Judicial Interference.
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Bibliographic information

Title Sacred Complex of the Guruvayur Temple
Author P.R.G. Mathur
Format Hardcover
Date published: 26.08.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173053672
length xxvi+246p., Plates; Figures; Maps; 29cm.