An ancient South Indian legend tells of Deva Guru Brihaspati and Lord of Winds Vayu, descending to Earth to build a Bhuloka Vaikuntam, in the Thrissur district of Kerala. It was to be a holy abode for Vishnu in the mortal realm. That town was named Guruvayur after its two celestial architects and the temple came to be called the Guruvayur Temple.
Guruvayurappan is the Lord of Guruvayur or the Unnikannan - literally, Little Krishna - representation of Vishnu. The Guruvayurappan avatar, however, looks nothing like a child because it’s a full manifestation of Lord Vishnu, as revealed by baby Krishna to his birth parents Devaki and Vasudeva.
This incredibly beautiful bronze statue is sculpted in the traditional South Indian style sporting minute attention to detail with a flawless finish. It represents the iconic four-armed Vishnu standing upon the traditional lotus pedestal. His left arms carry the divine conch, Panchajanya, and his holy mace Kaumodaki. The conch symbolizes the five elements. The lowered stance of the mace, with its pointed tip resting right beside his left leg, signifies a time of peace, orderliness, and contentment in the world. His right-hand holds the majestic discus Sudarshana Chakra and Padma, the divine lotus of creation. Vishnu is shown wearing a holy basil garland around his neck. Also, note the exquisitely carved twin lions on each side of the pedestal. They bring out the regal magnificence and noble strength of the Supreme God in his full manifestation.
Lord Guruvayurappan-Vishnu Lost-Wax Panchaloha Bronze: