Golden Temple, Vellore, Tamilnadu.
Visited this temple of Mahalaxmi temple along with Tirupathi temple, located around 120Kms from Tirupathi. Lakshmi Narayani Temple which is also referred to as The Golden Temple is one of the most beautiful Temples in the Tamilnadu. Located in Sripuram, which is around 8 km from the Vellore city centre, Tamilnadu, is built in a 100 acres of land
The temple was constructed in a short span of 7 years and was inaugurated on 24th August 2007. The unique feature of Sripuram Golden Temple is that the interior and exterior of Vimanam and Ardha Mandapam of the temple have been coated with gold.
the Temple complex has a lot of greenery with saplings & also has lot of beautiful rock carvings. The Temple has a star shaped path way through which the devotees have to walk to reach the main Temple. So one has to walk around 2 km inside the Temple to look & get Darshan of Godess Lakshmi. The main Temple is surrounded by water & has enough distance apart from the devotee path way. Temple is always crowded on weekends and holidays and can take around 3-4 hrs for darshan. You can take darshan ticket of Rs 250/- to cut down queue.
Plan to visit the Temple at around 5 pm, so that you can view the temple both in day & evening. With the lights lit in the evening, the Temple looks even more beautiful than the day time. Or you can visit early in the morning before sun rise to see temple in lights. We also wanted to visit temple during evening time to see temple in lights but we reached temple around 8 PM from Tirupathi and by time temple was closed. So we decided to stay in a lodge near temple and decided to visit temple at 5 AM. We took Abhishek ticket of Rs 108/- next day morning, since it was early in the morning, there were hardly few devotees came for darshan. We had darshan in 10 minutes as there was no queue. Also we were able to see abhishek pooja.
Camera and mobiles not allowed inside temple.
Temple Pooja Timings :
The temple opens early morning at 4.00 AM and closes at 8.00 PM.
Abishekam – 4.00 AM to 8.00 AM
General Dharshan – 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM
Aarthi Seva – 6.00 PM to 7.00 PM
How to Reach Golden Temple Sripuram at Vellore:
Golden Temple is located about 8 km away from Vellore Bus stand and 15 Kms from Vellore Katpadi railway station. There are frequent buses to and from Sripuram from bus stand. Vellore, Or you can take Auto from bus stand.
Vellore situate at a distance of 130 kms from Chennai and 120 Kms from Tirupathi. There are direct buses available from Tirupathi Or you take buses to Chittur and then to Vellore.
Temple offers accommodation for devotees, cost around 700 per night for Double bed room. Also there are couple of lodges near by temple available at cheaper rate.
Nearby Tourist Attractions :
Visit Vellore fort on the way to bus stand.