Mahalakshmi golden temple Vellore
The golden temple of Sripuram is a spiritual park situated at the foot of a small range of green hills in a place known as “Malaikodi” in the city of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is at the southern end of the city of Vellore, at Tirumalaikodi.
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 etched copper plates. Every single detail in the temple art has significance from the vedas. Sripuram designed on a star-shaped path(Sri chakra), positioned in the middle of the lush green 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 spiritual leaders.
This Golden Temple is situated in 100 acres of land and has been constructed by Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peedam, headed by spiritual leader Sri Sakthi Amma also known as Narayani Amma. The temple with gold covering, has intricate carvings and sculptures in gold. The lighting is arranged in such a manner that the temple glitters even during night. The construction of the Golden temple was completed on August 24, 2007. More than 1500 kg of gold was used to build this temple. The LED lighting on the ridge of the roof of the star path is lit up at night so that one can witness a star on the earth. More than 400 goldsmith and coppersmiths from the Thirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam are said to be worked here 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. According to official sources, the gold bars were purchased through RBI in “a transparent manner”
Regarding the Security point of view the arrangements were being made to hire personnel to built 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.
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.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. If you are planning to visit Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam then you must visit this Glories Golden Temple.