Temple hours on Guruvayur Ekadashi
All in all day of Ekadashi, the sanctuary stays open for the aficionados. Opening its entryways on Dashami day (the day preceding Ekadashi) at 3 am, the sanctuary stays open till 09 am on Dwadashi (the day after Ekadashi) day. The unique occasion of the day is Uthayasthamana Puja or what can be depicted as puja from day break to sunset.
The day for sanctuary elephants
Master Guruvayurappan sanctuary at Guruvayur has an extensive gathering of elephants committed to the sanctuary and the love of the Lord. On Guruvayur Ekadashi, there is an immense extraordinary parade of these elephants.
Lighting of a light called Ekadashi Vilakku honoring Guruvayur Ekadashi is the top highlight of this occasion. The Ekadashi Vilakku is lit a month prior Ekadashi and is made to consume constantly till the occasion.
Tribute to the illustrious elephant
The sanctuary had a central elephant called Gajarajan Guruvayur Keshavan, which achieved undying distinction even as it was alive and associated with so long after its end. It is said the elephant passed on Guruvayur Ekadashi day and accordingly the elephant is respected and worshiped on this day. The pioneer of the elephants at the sanctuary kept up at Punnathur Kotta of the sanctuary drives the parade and places a laurel on the statue of Guruvayur Keshavan and the various elephants make a bow in regard.
Parade to Parthasarathy sanctuary
A terrific walk of elephants is composed on the day fo Guruvayur Ekadashi to the adjacent sanctuary committed to Parthasarathy, a type of Lord Krishna showing Bhagavad Gita to Arjun. It is said this Ekadashi was the day on which the Bhagavad Gita was conveyed to Arjuna and subsequently the day is proclaimed as Geetopadesh day.
The one of a kind custom
On the following day of Guruvayur Ekadashi (Dwadashi), there is a well known exceptionally called as Dwadashi Panam. Amid this event, cash is offered at the Koothambalam of the sanctuary. This is viewed as a token measure of the offering to the Lord and is considered profoundly favorable.
The Vrat and Puja
Watching vrat upon the arrival of Guruvayur Ekadashi is viewed as exceptionally promising. The enthusiasts take a heavenly dunk in the morning and visit the sanctuaries. At that point they sit with their family and companions at their home or the sanctuary and read Vishnu Sahasranamam or Narayaneeyam. Everywhere throughout the day, they don’t take any nourishment and flourish just on drain and organic products. The vrat is finished up amid Parana of the following day amid Dwadashi Thithi. Guruvayur Ekadashi vrat is considered exceedingly propitious for the otherworldly edification of aficionados.