The salient Feature of Sripuram is the Lakshmi Narayani temple or Mahalakshmi temple whose 'Vimanam’ and ‘Ardha Mandapam’ have been coated with gold both in the interior and exterior.
About 400 Vishwakarma Brahmins entrusted in Gold and Silver work, including Sthapathis from Tirumala - Tirupati Devasthanam, have completed the architectural marvel in gold in six years.
The approximate cost of the temple is Rs 600 crore. About 1.5 tonnes of Gold has been used in the construction of the Temple. According to official sources, the gold bars were purchased through Reserve Bank of India in "a transparent manner".The Money for the temple was collected in the form of donations from the devotees of Narayani peetam whose branches are all around the world. The consecration of the Temple was carried out on August 24th, 2007 in the presence of 30,000 devotees.
The Temple was constructed with the temple structure made out in copper base with engravings and etchings before the gold, beaten into nine layers of foils, was draped around it. The sanctum sanctorum will hold the deity of Mahalakshmi made of stone granite, but covered with gold adornments.
The Temple has a very tight security and devotees aren't allowed to carry mobile phones or cameras into the temple. Mobiles found with devotee attract fines.
The outer pathway of the temple is made out in the shape of a Star. The walls of the pathway have inscriptions of teachings of Sakthi amma,Gita,Bible and Quran.People from all religions are allowed to enter the Site. All people have to go through the Star shaped pathway to reach the sanctum.
The Inner praharam of the temple resembles the circular structure of the Parliament of India.
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.
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|
|10||TPGIT (Thanthai Periyar Govt. Institute of Tech.)||6|
|11||Vellore Government Hospital at Adukkamparai||14|
|13||Long Bazaar (town centre)||8|
|14||Government Pentland Hospital||9|
Vellore is well connected by road, rail and air.
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, SETC and KSRTC 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.
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.
Vellore has an idle airport, at Abdullapuram, which is expected to be operational by 2009. By 2009 the airport is expected to be upgraded to handle 45 seater ATR aircraft.
The timings of entry into the premises is strictly between 07:00 AM to 09:00 PM