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Sripuram Sri Mahalaksmi Golden Temple, Vellore

     The Golden Temple was built in a short span of 7 years. It was inaugurated on August 24, 2007. The Golden Temple is situated in a 100 acre lush green landscape in the middle of a Star-shaped path. The walls of the pathway have inscriptions of teachings of Sakthi amma, Gita, Bible, Quran and the Guru Granth Sahib. All parts of the main temple are covered completely in gold. The temple has nine to fifteen manually prepared layers of gold foil.

     More than 400 gold and coppersmiths from the Tirupathi Thirumala Devasthanam are said to have worked for six years to craft the Rs. 600-crore golden temple located on 55,000 sq ft of land on a 100-acre salubrious stretch in Malaikodi, about 6 km from Vellore in north Tamil Nadu.

     The landscape of Sripuram is completely natural, created and managed using organic manure; one feels closest to one's true self in this serene ambience. Waters from all the major rivers of the country were brought to create the Ecopond - 'Sarvatheertham'. The creation of this pond has resulted in a wonderful ecosystem for birds and insects, complemented by over 20,000 saplings of various species.

     The Sri Narayani Peetam is headed by a young god man who calls himself Narayani Amma. Sri Sakthi Amma was born on the third of January, 1976, to Shri. Nanda Gopal and Smt. Jyothiamma. It was evident from birth that this baby was divine and very special. A distinct, divine ray of light (Namam) on the baby's forehead was vividly visible, along with symbols of Chakra (wheel) and Shanka (conch) on either side of the chest. From a very early age, the child began showing great interest in spiritual life. The child demonstrated profound interest only in spiritual life, participated blissfully in Pujas/Bhajans (religious ceremonies), and insisted on visiting places of worship on a daily basis. On many occasions, the child would be absent from school and would be found in temples or at other places where religious activities were being conducted. It was thus an established fact from the very early age of Sri Sakthi Amma that a spiritual life was in store for the child.

     This temple is located at Thirumalaikodi; Katpadi is the nearest Railway station in the Chennai-Bangalore route of Southern Railway. 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. Vellore is well connected by road with all the southern states viz. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala & Pondicherry.

Dress Code
     Devotees are requested to dress appropriately and avoid Short pants, Nighties, Lungies, Midi, and Bermudas.

Safety Measures
     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 foot-wear. 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, the visitors are allowed to move inside the star shaped (Sri Chakra) corridor of the temple, only after proper security check. 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. If one prefers to perform Abhishekam or Archana they need to book well in advance, say at least two months.

Temple Darshan Timings
     Darshan Timing 8 am to 8 pm on all the 365 days! There is no charges for the general public for entry and darshan.

     Devotees can participate in performing Annadhanam Sevas or they can sponsor the Annadhanam for any selected day

a) Annadhanam on any single day -Nithya Annadhanam Seva - Rs. 1,00,000/- b) Joint Participation on any single day in- Nithya Annadhanam Seva - Rs. 25,000/- c) General donation for Annadhanam - Any amount as desired.

     Devotees can also use the net banking facility to send their donations with the help of E-Transfer to Savings Bank Account Number of

'Narayani Siddar Peedam Charitable Trust' SB A/c No. 8563101052232, Canara Bank, Sakthi Peedam Branch, Thirumalaikodi, Vellore, DP Code 8563, IFFC No CNRB 0008563

     Money can also be remitted directly in all branches of Canara Banks in the above Account Number

Maha Aarthi
     In this seva, one devotee is blessed to sit in front of Sri Lakshmi Narayani and have the Maha Aarthi Dharsan after Neivaidyam.

Timing: 6.00 p.m.
Donation for Maha Aarthi Seva: Rs. 504/- per head.

Vedha Parayana
     In this seva, one devotee will be allowed to sit and have Aarthi Dharsan in front of Sri Lakshmi Narayani at the time of Vedaparayana.

Timing: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays)
Donation for Vedha Parayana Seva: Rs. 250/- per head.

Divya Dharshan
     In this seva, one devotee will be allowed to have Divya dharsan of Sri Lakshmi Narayani.

Timing: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Divya Dharashan seva Rs100/- per person (Only on Saturdays & Sundays)

Kum Kum Seva
     In this Seva devotees are blessed with kumkum archana and dharashan of Sri Lakshmi Narayani.

Kumkum archana seva Rs. 504/- per person-all days

Sri Vastram Seva
     In this seva, one devotee is blessed to offer 9 yards silk saree to Sri Lakshmi Narayani and will be allowed for Aarthi Dharsan.

Timing: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Donation for Sri Vastram Seva: Rs. 10,008/-.

Abhishekha Pooja
     In this seva, four devotees will be allowed to sit and have the dharsan of Sri Lakshmi Narayani abishekam, alankaram and Aarthi.

Timing: 4.30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Donation for Abisheka Pooja Seva: Rs 3006/- on all days & Rs. 5004/- on Friday

Sri Suktha Homam
     In this seva, four devotees will be allowed to sit and perform the Sri Suktha homam along with priest in front of Sri Lakshmi Narayani at Saheshara Deepa Mandapam.

Timing: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Donation for Sri Suktha Homam Seva: Rs. 3006/-

Pushpa Alankara
     In this seva, two devotees are blessed to sit in front of Sri Lakshmi Narayani and can have Aarthi Dharsan.

Timing: 8 a.m
Donation for Sri Pushpa Alankara Seva: Rs. 2007/-

Swarana Pushpa Archana
     In this seva, one devotees will be allowed to sit and have the dharsan of Swarna Pushpa Archana and Aarthi. After Aarthi,devotee will be blessed with one Gold flower from the Divine feet of Sri Lakshmi Narayani.

Timing: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Donation for Swarna Pushpa Archana: Rs. 1008/-Per head Rs.1508/-Two Persons

Gho Dhanam
     In this seva, devotees are blessed to offer a cow to Ghoshala (Gho Dhanam) and they can Participate in Gho Pooja at Ghoshala four persons will be allowed.

Timing: 4.30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Donation for Gho Dhana Seva: Rs. 15,000/- for 4 persons.

Gho Pooja Seva
     In this Seva Devotees are blessed to have the dharashan of Gho Matha Pooja.
Timing: 6.30 Pm To 8.00 pm
Gho pooja seva Rs. 216/- per person (On all days)

     Sri Narayani Peedam has constructed well-equipped guest houses for the convenience of the devotees. The guest houses, named Kamala Nivas, Ananda Nithya, Baha Roopa, Chandra Roopa, Devimatha, Eswari, in the vicinity of the temple

     Arrangements for accommodations at the guest houses, depending on the availability of rooms, can be made by contacting Sripuram through: Email: or Telephone Number: 0416 2206500 (10 lines)

     Further details and arrangements can also be made by the Shakti Sri Narayani Peedam at phone numbers (STD code included) : +9104162271202 or +9104162271 844.

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