About Guruvayoor

Guruvayoor is an old and one of the most important and famous place in Kerala. Guruvayoor has the deity Lord Guruvayurappan in the form of Balagopalan. Guruvayoor temple is famous for two major classical literary works called as Narayaneeyam by Melpathoor Narayana Bhattathiri and Jnanappana by Poonthanam. Both the authors are extreme devotees of Lord Guruvayoorappan.

Guruvayoor Kesavan

Gajarajan Guruvayoor Kesavan (1904 - December 2, 1976) is perhaps the most famous and celebrated Elephant of Kerala South India. Kesavan was donated to the Guruvayoorappan temple by the royal family of Nilamburin 1916 when he was about 10 years old.

Standing over 3.2 meters tall, Kesavan was known for his devout behavior. Kesavan died on "Guruvayur Ekadasi," considered a very auspicious day. He fasted for the entire day and dropped down facing the direction of the temple with his trunk raised as a mark of prostration. The anniversary of his death is still celebrated in Guruvauyur. Hundreds of elephants line up before the statue and the chief elephant garlands it. Kesavan was conferred the unique title "Gajarajan" (Elephant King), by the Guruvayoor Devaswom.

The Guruvayoor Devaswom erected a life-size statue of Keshavan in its precincts as tribute to the services he rendered to the presiding deity of the temple. His tusks, along with a majestic portrait of the elephant, can be still seen adorning the entrance to the main temple enclosure.