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Sripuram Golden Mahalaxmi Temple, Thirumalaikodi, Near Vellore, Tamilnadu.
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Golden Temple - when uttered this word, immediately people thinks of Amritsar and the Highest Body of the Sikh's pride Golden Temple. But now it has got a good competition! Yes, an estimated over 600 Crores of Indian Rupees spent, to construct a true Golden Temple for Goddess Mahalakshmi, the presiding deity, (installed and maintained by Sri Narayani Peedam) in this Temple at Sripuram, which is situated 6 km away from the District Headquarters - Vellore, North Arcot District in Tamilnadu. Now, the temple is complete, open to the general public; this town Sripuram has all the facilities one can visit to enjoy his/her spiritual experience. The fact is, one can get more and detailed information about the temple and the related informations with helpful tips in this website, than the official website.
Mahalakshmi temple called 'Sripuram' and made of more than a
ton of pure gold will glitter and gleam under the sun on
August 24 when it is unveiled for consecration by the 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.
than 400 gold and coppersmiths from the Tirupathi Thirumala
Devasthanam are said to have worked for six years to craft the
Rs. 600-crore golden temple located on 55,000 sq ft of land on a
100-acre salubrious stretch in Malaikodi, about 6 km from
Vellore in north Tamil Nadu. According to official sources,
the gold bars were purchased through RBI in "a
transparent manner "
the coppersmiths set to work creating a copper base on the
temple structure with engravings and etchings before the gold,
beaten into nine layers of foils, was draped around it. The
sanctum sanctorum will hold the deity of Mahalakshmi made of
stone granite, but covered with gold protection layers. (Kavacham
The Sripuram or
by 'Amma' have been laid out along the path to the temple with
messages from the Gita, Bible and Quran. "When one enters
the Sripuram, their focus is just on the magnificent temple.
But when they leave, they cannot do so without taking some
messages and gaining some wisdom," according to a booklet
detailing the 'services' rendered by the Peetam. "In this
quagmire of materialism, Sripuram rises as an inspiration to
man to find the divinity within him," adds a Narayani
The arrangements were being made to hire personnel to throw a security cover around the temple. "But the gold sheets have been laid out in such a manner that it would cost more to rip it off than purchase the gold," said a top Vellore district official.
How to reach Sripuram Golden Mahalakshmi Temple? Location, Distance, Route & contact details: ( Katpadi Longitude 79 Deg. 8' East, Latitude 12 Deg. North 59' )
Whatsoever may the cause, the Temple location, its surroundings and the peaceful atmosphere are the added attractions for the visitors and it is sure worth to visit this place once. The Maha Laksmi Temple is now an attraction even for the tourists and pilgrimage. This temple is located at Thirumalaikodi; Katpadi is the nearest Railway station in the Chennai-Bangalore route of Southern Railway. How to reach Sripuram? It takes about 3 and half hours drive from Chennai, in the Chennai - Bangalore road. It is in the National Highways NH46 that connects Chennai - Bangalore (Bangaluru) and in NH4 from Ranipet to Bangalore. From Katpadi, one can reach by state owned bus to Sripuram which takes about 15 minutes drive or less. Or, one can reach Thirumalaikodi by bus from Vellore to Anicut / Odugathur route. The State run buses ply via Thirumalaikodi in this route. From Tirupati (Tirupathi) to Katpadi, there are shuttle train services available upto Katpadi or Jolarpettai (Jolarpet Passenger) or one can travel by train from Tirupathi (Tirupati) by Kanyakumari Express from Tirupati to Katpadi which takes less than 3 hours journey. Direct bus services available from all major points to Vellore from Chennai, Chittoor, Bangalore, Kanchipuram, Kanyakumari, Tirupathi & Thiruvannamalai - all being major Temple towns and picnic spots. Vellore is well connected by road with all the southern states viz. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala & Pondicherry. The approximate distance from each major station to Vellore is listed below for the convenience of the visitors:
Chennai - Vellore about 150 kms (Via Sriperumpudur, Sunkuwar Chathram, Kaveripakkam, Wallajahpet, Ranipet, Arcot, Ratnagari - or Arcot by-pass from Ranipet) - 3 and half hours drive from Chennai.
Bangalore - Vellore (via Hosur) - 220 kms (On national highway routes - NH7 > via - Hosur Road - Electronic City - Attibele(NH7) - Hosur - Kamandoddi - Shoolagiri- Melumalai - Kurubarapalli - Krishnagiri > NH46> - Bargur - Vaniyambadi - Ambur - Pallikondaj - Vellore. - around 4 hours drive)
Kanchipuram - Vellore - 58 kms
Tirupathi - Katpadi - 95 kms
Ranipet - Vellore - 26 kms (via Arcot bypass - highways 22 kms)
Hyderabad - Vellore - 510 kms
Mysore - Vellore - 270 kms
Thiruvannamalai - Vellore - 85 kms
Vellore - Sripuram Sri Mahalakshmi Golden Temple - 8 KM
While traveling through National Highways, you will find many toll gates where you need to pay toll fee at different locations, for private cars, taxis, vans etc toll fee ranging from Rs.38 up to 65 and for busses and trucks the charges are still more. (valid for entry-exit 24 hours only).
For the benefit of the visitors, I give the route map from Katpadi to Sripuram, supplied by the Temple at the bottom of this page.
Temple Darshan Timings & applicable current official charges (donations!) are as below:
Timing 8 am to 8 pm on all the 365 days! For those who want to
have darshan and have enough time to stand in the queue, the
entry is free.
There is no charges for the general public for entry and
darshan. However, those who are in hurry and limited time to
go through the normal darshan, there are some special
arrangements made for a little fee. One can avail the
available options across the counter.
Pushpa Archana Seva;
In this seva Archana will be done with 108 gold flowers
and out of which one will be given to the devotee after the
archana seva. The donation for the seva is 1508/- for a
couple and 1008/- for one devotee. (All days from 0800Hrs to
Anna Dhana Seva: Rs.5004/- for four persons. In this seva, devotees can have the Arathi Seva Darshan and also blessed to distribute Prasadam to visiting devotees at the temple. Timing: 8.00 am
Gho Dhana Seva: Rs.15,000/- for four persons. Timings: Between 4.30 and 8.00 am. By donating a cow to the Ghosala, the donor is allowed to parttake in the Gho pooja at the Ghosala.
Maha Aarathi Seva: At 6.00 pm after Nivedyam, one devotee is permitted sit before the Main Idol, Sri Mahalakshmi for this Maha Aarathi.
Sri Sooktha Homam Seva: In front of the Goddess Sannithi, at the Saheshara Deepa Mandapam, four deveotess are allowed to take part in the Sri Suktha Homam alongwith the temple priest. Timings: 9.00 to 11 am and 6.00 to 8.00 pm. The Donation charges are Rs.3006/-
Pushpa Alankara Seva: By sponsoring for floral decorations to the Main deity Sri Lakshmi Narayani, two devotees are allowed to sit in front of the main Idol. Timing: 8.00 am and the donation charge is Rs.2007/-
Abhisheka Pooja Seva: In the morning between 4.30 & 8.00 am, by donating Rs.3006/- on all days except Friday (Fridays, Rs.5004/- is charged), four devotees are permitted to take part in the routines viz. Abhishekam, Alankaram & Arathi.
If one wishes, she/he can offer a 9 yard Silk saree to Goddess
Sri Mahalakshmi. By this offering, one donating devotee is
allowed to take part in the Arathi seva, between 8.00 am and
8.00 pm and the donation charges are Rs.10,008/-
AC – Rs. 750/-- for 2 persons (Additional bed- 200/-) Maximum persons allowed 3 only in a room
One can send an advance DD in favour of "Narayani
Siddar Peedam Charitable Trust" payable at Vellore
and book for your requirements.
The Temple is constructed, managed and maintained by Shri Narayani Amma of Sri NarayaNi Peedam, (known as Amma of Sri Shakti Peetam). Further details and arrangements can also be made by the Shakti Sri Narayani Peedam at phone numbers (STD code included) : +9104162271202 or +9104162271 844. Sri Shakti Peetam of Sri Narayani Amma also arrange for your visit and provide hospitality on special and individual requests. There are numerous state run bus services available from most of the nearest towns to/via Sripuram. Nearest Railway station:- Katpadi, Chennai-Bangalore rail route. Nearest big town:- Vellore, District headquarters of North Arcot, Tamilnadu (South India). Nearest Airport, Chennai - Meenambakkam (about 135 kms.) or Bangalore (Bengaluru) Airport (180 kms) and from Tirupathi Airport about 100 kms. Email contact for Sri Narayani Peedam office is : firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are few suggestions, useful tips, do's and don'ts for a first time visitor:
Once inside the complex, there are proper guidance, assistance and also an information center inside the complex for the visitors to know more about the functions of this temple.
There is ample car parking space available @ Rs.20/- per vehicle.
Here, the security measures are more stringent as alike Sri Balaji Temple of Tirupathi. Long queue makes one exhaust soon, more so during the summer days. It is recommended to take drinking water bottles & towels to fight the thirst and sweat!
Please do not carry your Mobile phones and cameras which are strictly prohibited inside the temple premises. Separate counters are there to deposit your cell phones, cameras as also your foot-wear. It is highly recommended not to take it with you to the temple at the first place, as it is not going to help you in any way as you have to deposit the same at the counters before entering the complex.
As is in Tirupathi, here too the queue control system exist. A special structures erected to control and regularize the moving crowd is put up that extends up to 3 kms stretch from the temple! From here, you are allowed to move inside the star shaped ( Sri Chakra) corridor of the temple, only after proper security check by the security personnel both men & women; there you will have to undergo strict security checks viz. scanning, frisking and all the sort of personal/belongings etc. Senior citizens are accompanied by the escorts from the temple are allowed to join in the main queue directly, but no family members are allowed to accompany them. Free wheel chair for physically challenged persons and elderly persons are also available and they are directly taken to the temple by the volunteers of Sri Narayani Peedam. No family members allowed to escort or accompany them, as the Golden Temple authorities arrange to give a very good care for them.
By the time you reach the Sanctum Sanctorum, oh, by now you have walked almost 3 kms distance from the entrance! but the scenery, surroundings, landscape and the disciplined as well as organized path now should give you a good feeling of a better darshan! If one prefers to perform Abhishekam or Archana they need to book well in advance, say at least two months.
At the exit point, the volunteers of the Ashram would hand you prasadam viz. Kum-kum and Sweet rice, Laddu or pongal. Though the entire system is most organized, one would feel exhausted - that too after you're told to view the Darshan only from a specific distance. But it is more worthy to pay a visit. The landscape, beautiful scenery, tranquil atmosphere, greenish lawns and fine architecture all combined together, makes one feel worth of the visit.
For those who wish to stay overnight or a couple of days, hotel accommodation can be arranged through the administrators, Sri Narayani Peedam - who maintains a hotel, hospital, Orphans home etc.
The photographs, images and photos that I obtained from my sources are displayed below for the readers to enjoy a virtual tour to Sripuram Narayani Peedam Ammas Golden Sri Mahalaxmi Temple near Vellore. After having taken the tour, please sign in the guestbook with your valuable comments, suggestions and criticism as well.
Other places of Tourist & Pilgrimage interest - on the way and around Vellore:
Persons those who visit Sripuram on pilgrimage can also visit other places of worship and combine their tour accordingly. To facilitate to plan their trip, I give below the additional tourist information sent in by Sri Rajendra Ganesa - hope this helps the readers to plan their trip without any hitch.
give you some recommendations for some nice spiritual tours
where everyone including the teenagers will enjoy. These
pilgrimage tourist spots might interest devetees of both Shiva
Kanjan giri - about 100 swayambu lingams collected in one
place on a plateu of a hillock top. You can drive upto the
hillock top. (about 15 mts from Vallimalai)