The legendary history extends to the
consecration of the famous Sree Guruvayur Temple - It was the
final phase of Dwaparayuga. The great Deluge has submerged
Sree Krishna's abode Dwaraka and the Lord, as a playful child,
was frolicking on a banyan leaf tossed about by the surging
waters. Devaguru Brihaspathi and wind god Vayu stumble upon
him where upon the Lord himself handed over to them the idol
of the Supreme Lord that he has been worshipping at Dwaraka,
with instructions to have it installed and consecrated at an
appropriate spot on earth.
Guru and Vayu then descended on the banks of a sprawing lake
Rudratheertha rendered holy by Lord Shiva who has been doing
penance there for ages. Realizing the purpose of the visit
Lord Shiva suggested the consecration there itself on the bank
of Rudratheertha and obligingly moved over to a near by
location on the other side of the Rudhra theertha.
The place where Guru and Vayu consecrated the idol of Lord
Krishna became GURUVAYOOR and the site that Lord Shiva chose
for himself and his consort Sree Parvathy became Mahimayur,
mahima evolving out of the status bestowed on Lord Shiva for
voluntarily relinquishing his initial abode to accommodate
Lord Krishna. This in course of time got colloquialised as
The devotees who visit Sree Guruvayoor Temple for darshan used
to pay pranams to Sree Mammiyurappan by nodding towards North
West direction at Bhagavathykettu in Temple. It is considered
that any pilgrimage to Guruvayoor Temple
is complete only after a visit to Mammiyur Temple also.
Sree Guruvayoor Temple is also having some ceremonial
connections with Sree Mammiyur Temple. Sri Puzhakkara chennas
Vasudevan Namboothiripad, The Thanthri of Sree Guruvayoor
Temple is also the Thanthri of this Temple and almost all the
poojas and rituals in this Temple are regulated in tune with
the poojas and rituals in Guruvayoor Temple.