Sripuram Golden Temple – Vellore
Sripuram Golden Temple or Vellore Golden Temple
Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple
Golden Temple is located inside the Sripuram spiritual park. The temple is situated at the foot of a small range of hills at Malaikodi village, about 8 kilometres from Vellore.
The temple has been constructed by the Vellore-based charitable trust, Sri Narayana Peedam, headed by its spiritual leader Sri Sakthi Amma who is also known as Narayani Amma. The chief deity at the temple is Sri Lakshmi Narayani, the consort of Lord Vishnu and goddess of wealth.
The Temple Design
Complex – The temple finds its place on an area of 100 acres of land and is beautifully adorned with 1,500 kg of pure gold. The complex has been intricately designed by specialized artisans and the temple art has significance from the Vedas. The temple houses man-made sculptures and ornately decorated pillars and roof.
Star path – The temple is situated in the middle of a star-shaped path extending over 1.8 kilometres. Various spiritual messages are displayed for devotees to read as they walk along the ‘star path’ to reach the temple.
Landscape – The landscape at Sripuram, created and managed using organic manure, provides a serene ambience and beautiful experience.
Sahasra Deepam – Located on the eastern side of the star path & the temple entrance is the Deepa Mandapam. This mandapam is enclosed in a vast structure encompassed by huge wall statues of Goddess Durga, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Lakshmi. The Sahasra Deepam (1008 lamps) is designed as a towering structure made of bronze. The structure has 9 layers and is 18 feet high.
The temple is open for devotees from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM everyday. However the below timings can be noted:
- Abhishekam – 4:00 AM to 8:00 AM
- Aarthi Seva – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
How to reach Sripuram Golden Temple
The temple is located at a distance of 145 kilometres from Chennai, 120 kilometres from Tirupati, 160 kilometres from Puducherry and 200 kilometres from Bengaluru.
The nearest railway station is at Vellore, about 12 kilometres from Sripuram. Frequent buses run from Vellore city to Golden Temple at Sripuram. Vellore is well connected by road with major cities including Bangalore, Chennai and Tirupati.
Chennai International Airport (148 kilometres away) and Bangalore International Airport (201 kilometres away) are the nearest airports.