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Mahalakshmi Golden Temple, Vellore
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x A grand 'golden temple', the Mahalakshmi temple, located on a sprawling 100 acres of land at Sripuram, near Vellore, has been constructed by Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peetam, headed by spiritual leader Sri Sakthi Amma.

The temple, covering 55,000 sq ft, has intricate carvings and sculptures in gold. Except for the pathway, the entire structure has been made of gold and copper.

About 400 goldsmiths and coppersmiths, including craftsmen from Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanam, have completed the architectural marvel in gold in six years. The approximate cost of the temple is Rs 600 crore.

Surrounded by mountains and lush and scenic beauty, the temple, entirely conceived and designed by ‘Amma’, would be open to people of all religions. "The temple is Amma's gift to mankind," the sources said.

The pathway to the temple has been laid out in the shape of a star with messages of 'Amma' and quotes from Gita, Bible and Quran displayed on either side.

Sri Narayani Peetam is situated at Thirumalaikodi or Malaikodi, in Vellore district and is run by Sakthi Amma or Narayani Amma. He is believed to be an avatar of Goddess Narayani who possesses the combined sakthi of goddesses Lakshmi, Durga and Saraswati.
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