The Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple located in 'Sripuram' (spiritual town) in Thirumalaikkodi, about seven km from here, was consecrated by Sri Sakthi Amma, head of the Sri Narayani Peedam, Thirumalaikkodi, recently on a Friday.
A large number of devotees gathered for the occasion.
It is a unique temple whose 'Vimanam' and 'Ardha Mandapam' have been coated with gold both in the interior and exterior.
Twelve layers of gold foils have been pasted on copper sheets embossed with the designs of Gods and fixed on the walls.
One-and-a-half tonnes of gold has gone into the design of the Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple, which has been built at a cost of Rs.300 crore.
According to Sri Sakthi Amma, the decision to have the temple coated with gold is only to attract visitors and enable them to get wisdom through the messages of the Vedas, which they will have to read before reaching the temple located on sprawling a 100 acre-site.
The temple has been designed in such a way that visitors can reach the golden temple only after going through a star-shaped pathway, which has the messages from the Vedas on both sides.
Tamil Nadu can boast of its own Golden Temple now
If you see the temple, you might even think that the temple is made of gold. And your guessing will be correct.
The Golden Temple is about 140 km from Chennai at Tirumalaikodi in Vellore district.
Sri Narayani Peedam, a private religious charitable organisation, built the temple. And the glittering monument also boasts of some glittering figures.
"The actual estimate is about 300 crores. The amount of gold that went into it's making is 1,500 kilos," says head, Sri Narayani Peedam, Sri Sakthi Amma.
A breathtaking wonder of intricate designs, the temple dedicated to Goddess Narayani is in the midst of lush greenery spread over 100 acres.
Except the pathways, even the roofs and the pillars of the temple are made of gold as about 1.5 tonnes of the metal went into its making.
The Peedom says the funds for building the temple were collected from NRIs.
But is this an attempt to match up to the other golden temple?
"Well! We need to see the people's reaction-how the world is accepting it," says Shakti Amma.
The temple will be formally consecrated on Friday and will be thrown open to the public from the next day.
Now even Tamil Nadu can boast of a wonder of its own- the Golden Temple created with about 1.5 tonnes of gold and which is already on its way to making history.
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- Guest 8 years agoI fully agree with bheeshmar.. I can't believe... what is the point of putting his own photo everywhere.. As much i can think of..this guy shakti amma is self-obssessed that every place he has put his photo next to God and projecting himself is God...... Things doesnt get end here..what is more worst..he has opened the commercial shops there where his photos/books are sold..That is height of tolerance..Starting from Priest to security every one is just forgot God and remembers only Shakti Amma.,...We must discard visiting this kind of temple..