|(Shops at) East Gate of the temple|
Guruvayur Temple might be a place known to all Keralites, Krishna devotees and religious tourists. Now, those who have visited this famous temple in Thrissur, Kerala, will tell you it is quite a shopper’s delight, too. Shopping in Guruvayur — at least some window-shopping — is must here, trippers.
At the doorsteps of this popular abode-of-Lord-Krishna, is a pretty big trinket market. It ought to be just as famous as this south Indian temple. I don’t know how many people can walk out of the temple gates without getting lured to the colour and glitter of the wares in these little outlets.
Like a lot of other Malayalees, I’ve lost count of the number of times I have visited this Sree Krishna temple. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been attracted to these small shops that line East and West nadas (Gates). There are over a hundred shops, I’m sure. And I swear, you will find everything from jewellery to idols, clothes to handicrafts and toys to books. Even the famous Guruvayur pappadam.
Believe me, these pictures are only a fraction of the big-picture that is Guruvayur’s own ‘commercial street(s)’:
|Kathakali*, Nettipattam,** …
Guruvayur is a great place for souvenir-shopping
|And Kerala Sarees (Kasavu Sarees) or Kasavu Salwar materials.|
|Or even traditional looking dresses for little girls. Call them Kasavu frocks, shall we?|
|You will find all kinds of Kathakali faces: ones made of wood, marble, papier mache, even Ramachcham***|
|All kinds of South Indian snacks|
|The traditional Nilavilakku**** and other lamps.|
|Guruvayur Pappadams. This is a local speciality.
These pappads are larger and thicker than the regular ones.
|This is just the-tip-of-the-iceberg, believe me.|
Did you know —
- that men are not allowed to wear ‘pants’ inside the Guruvayur temple? Dress code for the Gentlemen — the traditional mundus. They are also supposed to take off their shirts and hold them in their hands once they enter the temple.
- that non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple walls? (It is ok to visit these shops, though.)
- that until a few years ago, women were not allowed to wear Salwar suits or pants? The dress code for the ladies used to be Sarees or long skirts. Those who came in salwars generally found long skirts to wear with the Kameezes.
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