Guruvayoor Anayottam is a popular elephant race conducted at Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple in Kerala. In 2015, Guruvayoor Anayottam date is March 2.
Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple (Guruvayurappan Temple) is an ancient temple dedicated to the god Krishna (an avatar of the god Vishnu), located in the town of Guruvayur in Thirssur district of Kerala. It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus of Kerala and is often referred to as “Bhuloka Vaikunta” which translates to the “Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth”.
Anayottam (elephant race) as it is called in Malayalam marks the beginning of the annual Guruvayur festival, celebrated in the month of Kumbham (February-March) at the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple in Guruvayur.
The Guruvayur Temple is one of the most renowned and oldest of all temples in Kerala. Though the winning elephant will not get a gold medal, he will have the honour to carry the Thidambu (the replica of the idol of Guruvayoorappan) on all special occasions for one year.