Sripuram, Sri Lakshmi Narayani temple is a temple dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is located at Thirumalaikkodi town near Vellore. I am providing information about the temple from various media sources.
|From Indian Express, Chennai, August
A Mahalakshmi temple called 'Sripuram' and made of more than a tonne of pure gold will glitter and gleam under the sun on August 24 when it is unveiled for consecration by the Sri Narayani Peetam headed by a 31-year-old godman who calls himself Narayani Amma. Devotees hail the temple as 'one of the wonders of the world' and say that it is the only temple covered fully with gold. More than 400 gold and coppersmiths from the Thirupathi Thirumala Devasthanam are said to have worked for six years to craft the Rs 600-crore gold 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. First the coppersmiths set to work creating a copper base on the temple structure 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 kavacham (adornments). "The gold sheets have been laid out in such a manner that it would cost more to rip it off than purchase the gold,” said a top Vellore district official.
|From The Hindu, Saturday, Aug 25,
The Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple located in 'Sripuram' (spiritual town) in Thirumalaikkodi, about seven km from Vellore, was consecrated by Sri Sakthi Amma, head of the Sri Narayani Peedam, Thirumalaikkodi, on Friday August 24, 2007. It is a unique temple whose 'Vimanam' and 'Ardha Mandapam' have been coated with gold both in the interior and exterior. Twelve layers of gold foils have been pasted on copper sheets embossed with the designs of Gods and fixed on the walls. One-and-a-half tonnes of gold has gone into the design of the Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple, which has been built at a cost of Rs.300 crore. The temple has been designed in such a way that visitors can reach the golden temple only after going through a star-shaped pathway, which has the messages from the Vedas on both sides.