The ‘Golden Temple Vellore’ or the ‘Sripuram Golden Temple’ is situated on the hills of Thirumalaikodi or Malaikodi in the city of Vellore in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth and prosperity) known as ‘Sri Lakshmi Narayani’. The Golden Temple is located within a spiritual park or “Spiritual Oasis”, and a path of stars leads visitors towards it.
The salient feature of ‘Sripuram’ is the Lakshmi Narayani temple whose Vimanam and Ardha Mandapam is covered with pure gold, housing the deity Sri Lakshmi Narayani (female consort of Vishnu Narayana). The temple is located on 100 acres of land and has been constructed by the Vellore-based charitable trust, Sri Narayani Peedam, headed by its spiritual leader Sri Sakthi Amma also known as ‘Narayani Amma’.
Built only recently in the year 2007, the temple spread across a sprawling area of 100 acres. Every single detail was manually created, including converting the gold bars into gold foils and then mounting the foils on copper. Gold foil from 9 layers to 10 layers has been mounted on the etched copper plates. The total amount of gold used in creation of this temple is said to be around 15000 kilograms that costs around 600 crores. Over 800 gold and coppersmiths well experienced in temple art worked on the creation of this amazingly beautiful temple for 7 years.
Devotees can visit temple in the Morning 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM and Evening 04:00 PM – 07:30 PM.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Tirupati Airport at 106 km away. Other two options include Chennai International Airport at 130 km away and Bengaluru International Airport at 230 km away.
The two most important railway stations in Vellore are Vellore Junction and Katpadi Junction. Local bus services are available to reach the temple.
Vellore is connected with all other major cities in south India.