For Hindus, the Guruvayur Temple represents the ultimate holy destination where no prayer goes unanswered. The ancient magnificent temple witnesses the largest number of wedding unions in the world.
With as many as 200 weddings conducted in the two mandaps of the temple, it is considered an immense blessing to be able to tie the knot in the divine presence of the Lord Guruvayurappan, the main deity of the temple who is Lord Vishnu incarnate.
The temple wedding is a low-key affair, and a short-lived one too considering the queue of brides and bridegrooms waiting for their turn. However, things can be made more grand and eventful in the accompanying reception held at a nearby hotel.
How to choose the best hotel near Guruvayur Temple? Here are a few things to consider:
- How far is the hotel from the temple?
The best scenario is a comfortable walkable distance from the temple. The wedding guests can walk to the mandap a few minutes before the muhurtam, and after the temple wedding ceremony, they can walk back to the hotel to attend the reception easily. Considering the heavy traffic congestion in the temple vicinity, walking is definitely going to be easier than driving.
2. How many guests can the hotel wedding hall accommodate?
Ideally this number should be little more than the guests you are expecting. Check the hall for airiness, comfort and pleasant interiors. The hotel parking area should be able to hold all guests’ vehicles.
- How many guests need prior accomodation?
The hotel should have the capacity to accommodate guests who have arrived from far flung areas and require rooms for stay, and also to provide guests the facility to freshen up.
- Wedding hall facilities
Check the hall for stage decoration options, sound and lighting arrangements, provision of projector for showing slides of the event, and any other specific service you might need. See if the hall design and layout suits the mood of the event. An outdoor lawn or fountain can add to the beauty and charm of the place.
5. Catering and other services
The best hotels in Guruvayur provide add-on services like event management and catering. Have a taste of the marriage feast menu they provide, and ask all relevant questions regarding what services can be expected.
The reception is an occasion to be held close to heart forever, so choose the right setting for this special occasion and realise your dream of the ideal wedding experience in this holy land of Guruvayoor.