The most important festival during the Mandalam period, lasting for a month. It was on the Guruvayur Ekadasi day that Lord Krishna revealed the Gita to Arjuna. An udayastamana Pooja is conducted by the Devaswam. A memorial service for GajarajanKesavan is also held on that day. The head of the elephant family places a wreath in front of the statue of their departed leader while all the other pachyderms stand around and pay homage

Chembai Music Festival:
This karnatic music festival is held for 11 days in the memory of Sri Chembai Vaidyanadha Bhagavathar, a great Karnatic musician and a devotee of Guruvayurappan, as part of the Ekadasi celebrations. Nearly 4000 artistes participate- young and old, amateurs and professionals, vocalists and instrumentalists. They are provided with free food, accommodation and prasadam by the Guruvayur Devaswom.








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