The Guruvayur Devaswom Board is an autonomous body that manages and administers the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple and its associated properties in Guruvayur, Kerala, India. A “Devaswom” is a religious trust or institution in Kerala that manages Hindu temples and their activities, including rituals, festivals, and administration.
The primary responsibilities of the Guruvayur Devaswom Board include:
- Temple Administration: The board is responsible for the overall administration of the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple, including the maintenance of the temple premises, daily rituals, and religious ceremonies.
- Festival Management: The board oversees the planning and execution of various festivals and special events held at the temple, such as Guruvayur Ekadasi, Utsavam, and other important occasions on the Hindu calendar.
- Pilgrim Facilities: The board manages the facilities provided to pilgrims and visitors, such as accommodation, food, and other amenities within the temple complex.
- Elephant Care: The Guruvayur Devaswom Board also manages the well-being and care of the elephants housed in the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary, which is associated with the temple. These elephants are used for temple processions and ceremonies.
- Property Management: The board oversees the management of properties and assets owned by the temple, which may include land, buildings, and other real estate.
- Cultural and Educational Activities: The Guruvayur Devaswom Board may also engage in cultural and educational activities related to Hinduism and temple traditions.
The Devaswom Board is typically managed by a group of trustees appointed by the government. It plays a crucial role in preserving the cultural and religious heritage of the Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple and ensuring the smooth conduct of various rituals and festivals. The income generated from offerings, donations, and other sources is used to maintain the temple, support its activities, and carry out charitable endeavors.