Golden Temple, Sripuram
|-Vellore city limit-|
|• Body||Vellore Municipal Corporation|
|• Mayor||Mrs. P. Karthiyayini|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||TN 23|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Vellore|
|Civic agency||Vellore Municipal Corporation|
The golden temple of 'Sripuram' (Tamil: ஸ்ரீபுரம்) 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. This was inaugurated on August 2007.
The salient feature of Sripuram is the Lakshmi Narayani temple or Mahalakshmi temple whose 'Vimanam’ and ‘Ardha Mandapam’ The temple is located on 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 work 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 the foils on copper. Gold foil from 9 layers to 0 layers has been mounted on the etched copper plates. Every single detail in the temple art has significance from the vedas.
Sripuram design represents 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.
About Golden temple:- The temple is on the southern end of the city of Vellore, in the village of Tirumalaikodi. It is located on the way to Anaicut, on Usoor Road. The pincode is: 632055 and is located in Vellore District.
The following are rough distances between Sripuram temple and places within Vellore
Sl no - Place - Distance (in km) 1. Katpadi Junction Railway Station 18 2. Vellore Cantonment Railway Station 8 3. Vellore Town Railway Station 10 4. Town Bus Stand (Old bus stand) 10 5. Central Bus Stand (New bus stand) 12 6. Bangalore Road (Road leading to NH-46) 10 7. CMC Hospital 10.5 8. Thorappadi 6 9. Bagayam 9 10. Vellore Government Hospital at Adukkamparai 14 11. VIT 19 12. Long Bazaar (town centre) 8 13. Government Pentland Hospital 9
How to get there :-
Vellore is well connected by road, rail and air.
By Road :-
Vellore is well connected by road. The central bus stand is 12km from the temple. Buses to Chennai, Bangalore,Coimbatore, Tirupathi,Erode, Trichy,Madurai and Tuticorin are frequent. TNSTC and SETC operate buses between Vellore and other major towns and cities. Private operators such as KPN and Sri Renugambal travels too operate buses to major towns and cities.
An excellent (Toll Road) highway connects Vellore to Bangalore. You can be assured of quick travel. However it connects via Hosur Road/ Electronic City. The traffic snarls from that point.
The town bus stand is located 10km from the main temple. Frequent buses to the temple are available. Route 8 and 8 series ply to Sripuram from the town bus stand. Frequent buses ply between the central bus stand and town bus stand, routes such as 1,1G,2,2A and 2G can be taken to reach town bus stand.
By Rail :-
Vellore's main railway station is at Katpadi, at the northern end of the city. Katpadi junction is 18km from Sripuram. Two new railway stations (which will be opened by April 2008), namely, Vellore town and Vellore Cantonment is nearing completion. Cantonment is 8km from Sripuram while Town railway station is 10km from Sripuram. More direct trains are expected to be scheduled to Cantonment and Town railway stations.
Temple timings :-
The timings of entry into the premises is strictly between 07:00 AM to 09:00 PM _____________________________________
A Tourist's View :- The temple is appropriately called a "Spiritual Center" conceptually similar to "Prasanti Nilayam" located in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh. The difference being the "Goddess Lakshmi" and the "Golden Temple". The center also participates in several charitable activities primarily involving healthcare.
Before visiting, it is important to have a reasonable frame of mind that allows you to "Waaaalk" a long distance to visit the deity. A special (Divya Darshanam) entrance fee (Rs. 100/) and a wheel chair facility for elders (Rs. 50/) is provided to the piligrims. Despite the fee, YOU MUST WALK A LONG DISTANCE (~2-3 km). Unfortunately, on a hot climate day, the walk seemed a bit longer. So the best season to visit the place may be during the winter months and or early hours of the day. The center also provides parking, locker facility or shoe rack facility with a small fee.
The temple is surrounded by a pool of water. Similar to the concept of Seeing/Throwing coins in the fountains in America, people/devotees throw coins in the pool of water. Some diehard devotees are also leaving their paper currency and their visiting cards in the pool of water.
I didn't feel too much happy about presence of Narayani Amma's photo accompanying every photo that contains Goddess Lakshmi. Probably a life size independent picture of Narayani Amma may be a soothing option for people like me who strongly believe in Indian Spirituality.
Finally the spiritual center may be based on this philosophy. "GO(L)D is great and WALKING keeps you healthy". Philosophically speaking there can be "No Gain Without Pain". And truly Goddess Lakshmi and Money are inseparable from the Indian Psyche, whether it is for religious or business purpose.
At the end of the day I didn't get that "devotional state of mind" I usually get while visiting numerous other temples small or big.
Sri Narayani Hospital & Research Centre is a general hospital located near Srilakshmi Golden Temple. This hospital is also run by the Sri Narayani Peedam
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