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Old February 23rd, 2008, 04:30 AM   #1
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Golden Temple of Tamil Nadu

Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple located in ‘Sripuram’ in Thirumalaikkodi near Vellore (140 km from Chennai).

One-and-a-half tonnes(1500Kg) of gold has gone into the design of the Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple,with a built-up area of 55,000 sq ft, which has been built at a cost of Rs.300 crore.


A breathtaking wonder of intricate designs, the temple is in the midst of lush greenery spread over 100 acres surrounded by hills.

The temple has been designed in such a way that visitors can reach the golden temple only after going through a star-shaped pathway. Except the
pathways, even the roofs and the pillars of the temple are made of gold.

This temple has become a new tourist attraction in Tamil nadu, and there are lot of people from Andhra and Karanataka as well. It also attracts many pilgrims of Tirupathi, as Vellore is just 100km from Tirupathi. I had to wait for nearly 3 hours in the queue to reach the shrine. Photography and mobile phone is strictly prohibited. Visitors are thoroughly checked before being let in and there are many security guards inside the campus.

I wud like to share some exclusive pictures of the Golden Temple to our forumers.


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Old February 23rd, 2008, 08:31 AM   #2
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Its beautiful!

It's also a damn shame that we don't even here of these kind of projects until only after they're completed. If this were built anywhere else in the world, you bet it'd be all over the media.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 11:07 AM   #3
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Very beautiful, looking forward to more such exclusive pics Anniyan.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 11:11 AM   #4
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Its beautiful!

It's also a damn shame that we don't even here of these kind of projects until only after they're completed. If this were built anywhere else in the world, you bet it'd be all over the media.
The temple was built over the last six years but they kept it as secret to avoid any controversy over the project. They let the outside world know only two weeks before the consecration (kumbhabhishekam), even the local media people were surprised by the news.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 12:04 PM   #5
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Wow, then impressive they were able to keep this under wraps for so long
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 12:10 PM   #6
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Looking forward to your pics, meanwhile, here are some pics of the temple u/c:






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Old February 23rd, 2008, 03:29 PM   #7
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 06:32 PM   #8
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never knew such a temple was being built !!

looking forward to see more pics !
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 08:05 PM   #9
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Impressive! Heard about this temple very recently when one of my relatives shifted to Vellore!
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Old February 24th, 2008, 05:57 PM   #10
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Why would any NRIs fund a golden temple? I thought we NRIs only help the poor.
I am terribly frustrated. I want my money back.
Depends...a good temple does arouse enthusiasm and community feeling among the locals.

Then again, on the face of it, its a big waste of money.

Something is better than nothing I guess. We'll start with temples, maybe later we will build schools.
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Old February 24th, 2008, 07:17 PM   #11
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Golden Crown for Goddess Mahalakshmi - 1KG Gold



G Temple from brid's eye view.



Urchava Moorthy - Ambal +Swamiji - Karuvarai



Ambal - Goddess - fully gold



Ambal - Goddess - Fully gold



Temple before Gold coating 1



Temple before Gold coating 2


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Old February 24th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #12
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Golden Tower Construction



Sannathi Construction



11 Pics - Pl wait, pics will change automatically....

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Old February 24th, 2008, 07:45 PM   #13
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Old February 24th, 2008, 10:36 PM   #14
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A waste of money or not, its a masterpiece of design & architecture.

To think that such strutures (gold, stone or marble) can be concieved in this day & age.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 10:06 AM   #15
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Does anyone have the temple's website url? Googling is no luck. I know it has one, because Suncity had passed it on to me a while ago (was going to make a thread for this a couple months back, but couldn't find large pictures)
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first bow to the god then two words BLING! BLING!
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Old June 4th, 2008, 08:00 PM   #17
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jai here is the url for the temple website http://www.sripuram.org/

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Old June 4th, 2008, 08:08 PM   #18
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here is a the official statement by them about why they didn't build a hospital.



1. There are many doubts and questions, such as why we have to spend so much money on this? Why can’t we build a hospital or an educational institution? Yes, we could do more of that. However, by creating a hospital, you could treat maybe 1000 people in and around the area. On the other hand, by creating the place which will bring wisdom to the world it is equal to creating several 1000 hospitals. Until a person enters Sripuram, he may live thinking that he wants everything that the wealthy have.

But after he has been through Sripuram, if he absorbs some of the messages and wisdom, he will realize that what we have is not just for us- it provides us with an opportunity to do something for others. If he gets this wisdom, when he goes back to his home, whether to another county or town, if he starts to do good things, the message will spread. If one person gets the wisdom and builds one small hospital, this means that when the whole world gets this wisdom through understanding these messages, then everyone will want to change their lives. Everyone will start to do good deeds. This means that this one place, Sripuram, will create several million hospitals. That is the purpose of Sripuram. At this time, it is unique. Nothing else like it exists in the world.

To create this thing, what do you need? Just money? No. If that were the case, India’s wealthy kings could have already come up with this idea. No one has ever created anything like this. You need Divine blessings. It is impossible to do these things with money alone; you need much more than that. The present world needs Divine guidance more than it needs dollars. It is the duty of Amma to give Divine guidance. The width of the pathway will not be very wide (9-12 feet) to prevent people from running. People will have to walk slowly. While they are walking they will notice Amma’s messages on both sides of the pathways. These messages are the medicine on the outside of the pill. This explains how as people go for the sweet, they will be given the medicine.

There will be many messages posted about the purpose of human birth and human life and many other topics.



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Old June 5th, 2008, 02:31 AM   #19
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wow!! that literally looks like the real 20k Gold.

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Old January 14th, 2009, 06:15 AM   #20
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Looks awesome at night!
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