Vellore – Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple

Name of deity

Moolavar: Lakshmi Narayani

Sthalapuranam:

Sripuram Lakshmi Narayani temple covering 5000 square feet is full of gold everywhere, all weighing 1500 kilograms at a cost of Rs. 350 crore.Almost all presiding deities in temples of Tamilnadu are swayambumurthis.  That means every particle of the state is divine.  Tirukaruhavur Vinayaka and Nandhi, Lord Shiva in almost all temples, Karamadai Ranganathar in Coimbatore district, Mari Amman in places as Tiruverkadu near Chennai, Lord Muruga in Vruddhachalam Kolanchiappar temple are a few to mention.  Mother Lakshmi Narayani in this Vellore Golden Temple is also a swayambumurthi.  As a temple for Mother Lakshmi Narayani is rare, a swayambu of Mother is also equally rare.

This Mahalakshmi Temple-Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple is built to have the direct aspect of Lord Venkatachalapathi in Tirupathi.  Hence, it was named Tirumalaikodi, in early days.  After the completion of the construction of the temple, the name of the place is changed as Sri Puram.  It would be doubly beneficial for the devotees to complete their pilgrimage to Tirupathi at Sripuram Sri Lakshmi Narayani-Mahalakshmi temple.

Mahalakshmi is the authority-deity for prosperity.  She graces the devotees dressed with precious jewels and a crown of diamond, pearls and other precious gems.  She pours boons of 16 kinds of prosperity.  There is tank around the temple filled with water for 10 feet width.

This is a temple covering 100 acres, every inch of land reminding the beauty of nature and the grace of Almighty and a spiritual environment.  Indeed, it is a different world altogether.  The mandap and the artificial fountains opposite welcome the devotee.  Besides the two pathways to go in and come out, there are 18 entrances behind the mandap representing the 18 characters of the human mind.  The temple is designed according to Sri Chakra star lines.  The temple is in round shape.  It looks as if a Sri Chakra when viewed from the upper side.

Due to security and maintenance concerns, the devotee has to deposit his/her cell phone, camera and other articles including eatables at the entrance office.  Every corner and part of the temple speaks but beauty and serenity.  Modern lights along with traditional stone lights make even night a day in the temple.  There are more than 3,000 trees around.  The wind blows soft.  Loose talks are prohibited within the temple till the devotee comes out after worship.

Devotees are advised to maintain silence.  The temple by itself built with gold, even the paintings in other parts as decorative arches and madaps are of golden colour making the temple glitter for ever.  There is a 27 feet tall, 10 tier traditional lamp opposite to Mother’s shrine made of Panchaloka, an alloy of five metals.  This has space for lighting thousand lamps.  There are statues of Mothers Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi in the meadows of the temple with artificial hills and falls.

Here, the security measures are more stringent as alike Sri Balaji Temple of Tirupathi. Long queue makes one exhaust soon, more so during the summer days. It is recommended to take drinking water bottles & towels to fight the thirst and sweat!

Please do not carry your Mobile phones and cameras which are strictly prohibited inside the temple premises. Separate counters are there to deposit your cell phones, cameras as also your foot-wear. It is highly recommended not to take it with you to the temple at the first place, as it is not going to help you in any way as you have to deposit the same at the counters before entering the complex.

As is in Tirupathi, here too the queue control system exist. A special structures erected to control and regularize the moving crowd is put up that extends up to 3 kms stretch from the temple! From here, you are allowed to move inside the star shaped ( Sri Chakra) corridor of the temple, only after proper security check by the security personnel both men & women; there you will have to undergo strict security checks viz. scanning, frisking and all the sort of personal/belongings etc. Senior citizens are accompanied by the escorts from the temple are allowed to join in the main queue directly, but no family members are allowed to accompany them. Free wheel chair for physically challenged persons and elderly persons are also available and they are directly taken to the temple by the volunteers of Sri Narayani Peedam. No family members allowed to escort or accompany them, as the Golden Temple authorities arange to give a very good care for them.

Route:

This temple is located at Thirumalaikodi; Katpadi is the nearest Railway station in the Chennai-Bangalore route of Southern Railway. How to reach Sripuram? 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.  From Katpadi, one can reach by state owned bus to Sripuram which takes about 15 minutes drive or less. Or, one can reach Thirumalaikodi  by bus from Vellore to Anicut / Odugathur route. The State run buses ply via Thirumalaikodi in this route.  From Tirupati (Tirupathi) to Katpadi, there are shuttle train services available upto Katpadi or Jolarpettai (Jolarpet Passenger) or one can travel by train from Tirupathi (Tirupati)  by Kanyakumari Express from Tirupati to Katpadi which takes less than 3 hours journey. Direct bus services available from all major points to Vellore from Chennai, Chittoor, Bangalore, Kanchipuram, Kanyakumari, Tirupathi & Thiruvannamalai – all being major Temple towns and picnic spots. Vellore is well connected by road with all the southern states viz. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala & Pondicherry.

Temple Timings:

8 am to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 9942993009 ,+91 9942993010,+9104162271202, +9104162271 844

Temple Address:

Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple,

Sripuram,

Tirumalaikodi,

Vellore district

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