Video - In and Around Sripuram Golden Temple
Who built the Temple and when
The Sripuram Golden Temple was built in a short span of 7 years. It was inaugurated on August 24, 2007. The entire temple was designed by Amma, as conceived through the divine vision. Sri Narayani Peetam headed by a 31-year-old god man who calls himself Narayani Amma. Devotees hail the temple as 'one of the wonders of the world' and say that it is the only temple covered fully with gold.
Significance of the templeAll parts of the main Sripuram temple are covered completely in gold. The Sripuram Golden temple has nine to fifteen manually prepared layers of gold foil. The Golden temple is adorned with man-made sculptures, ornately decorated pillars and roof. The salient feature of Sripuram Golden temple is the Lakshmi Narayani temple or Mahalakshmi temple whose 'Vimanam' and 'Ardha Mandapam' have been coated with pure gold both in the interior and exterior of temple. It is estimated that over 600 Crores of Indian Rupees was spent to construct a true Golden Temple for Goddess Mahalakshmi.
Sripuram-Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple is the largest Golden temple in the world, with over 1.5 tonnes of gold used. All the gold work was done by artisans specializing in temple art using gold. Every single detail was manually created, including converting the gold chunks into gold foils and then mounting on the gold foils on copper. Gold foil from 9 layers to 15 layers has been mounted on the scratched copper plates. Every single detail in the temple art has significance from the vedas. Sripuram temple design represents a star-shaped path, positioned in the middle of the lushgreen landscape, with a length of over 1.8 km. One has to walk along the star path to reach the temple in the middle, which is laid by messages from Sri Sakthi Amma and from different faiths and spirituals leaders. The temple absorbs maximum energy from nature, which creates peace and brings rest to the devotees who walk through the starpath. Devotees walking through the starpath are blessed to read messages of truth and morality that enables them to realize themselves and transform into powerful beings. The ultimate purpose of the Golden Temple is to create righteousness and transformation in human beings.
|The God form in the Sripuram Mahalakshmi temple is Goddess Mahalakshmi.|
Time to Visit
The devotees can visit and take darshan between morning 8 a.m. to evening 8 p.m. all the 365 days. For those people who want to have darshan and have enough time to stand in the queue, the entry is free. There is no charge for the general people for entry and darshan. For the Divya Dharshan seva, one devotee will be allowed to have Divya Dharshan of Sri Lakshmi Narayani from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Divya Dharshan Seva is Rs100/- per person (Only on Saturdays & Sundays). For people those who are in a hurry and limited time to go through the normal darshan, there are some special measures made for a little fee. One can avail the available options across the counter.
Rules and Rituals of the templesDevotees are requested to dress properly and avoid Short pants, Nighties, Lungies, Midi and Bermudas. Chewing gums, Tobacco, Mobiles Phones, Cameras and other electronic items, liquor and combustible items will be restricted on entry. You are requested to kindly adhere to the rules of the temple.
Accommodation Facilities at the TempleVarious services have been arranged for the convenience of the devotees who come to the Peedam to receive the blessings of Amma or participate in the activities. The following facilities are made available like Dormitory , Cloakroom , Restrooms, Restaurants, Seating arrangements in waiting areas, Drinking Water Facilities, Ample Parking Area, Wheelchairs, , Help Desk & PRO.
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|Guest houses are available for accommodation . The accommodation of rooms both ac and non ac are obtainable at two guest houses and pilgrims can book the rooms in advance through phone. The tariff for A.C. and non A.C. rooms are Rs.750/- and Rs.500/- respectively.|
How to Reach the Temple
- Through Airways- By air Chennai, Bangalore and Tirupathi are the nearest airports that are connected for international travelers and rest of India. One can reach any of these places and from these Chennai, Bangalore and Tirupathi cities they can reach by rail or road to Sripuram.
- Through Railways- Reaching Sripuram golden temple by rail, Katpadi (Vellore) is nearest railway station to Sripuram. Katpadi (Vellore) is on the Bangalore Chennai route. Lalbagh express and Brindavan express are the trains that reach katpadi(Vellore) from Bangalore and Chennai. There are passenger trains from Tirupati to Katpadi. It takes about 3 hours and 15 mins to reach Katpadi (sripuram) from Tirupati by train.
- Through Roadways- Bus facility is available from Chennai, Bangalore and Tirupati. By car or taxi, drive to the town of Vellore and take the road in the direction of Usoor to Sri Narayani Peedam towards Anaicut and the temple is located only 6 Kms from Vellore.