Monday, March 30, 2009

Golden temple A view of the Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple near Thirupati

Located some 200 km form Bangalore and about half that distance from Chennai, Vellore is a lesser known place. For many its just a transit bus stop from Bangalore to Chennai. But with a masssive Rs. 300 crore Golden Temple in Sripuram, all that has changed. The temple build in true Deccan architecture style is a massive depiction of Indian craftsmanship. The temple welcomes you with the National Flag of India fluttering at the entrance, infusing an invariable sense of national pride. Enter the temple and you have to walk a Star shaped path to reach the main idol. The path has quotes from Vedas written all through, punctuated by some great sculptures, beautiful gardens, fountains and scenic hills in the backdrop. The star shape long path to reach the idol is strategically constructed. By the time you reach the main idol, even if you have read half of the quotes in the way, you are unknowingly closer to almighty and the darshan becomes more fulfilling and enriching experience.

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