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Vellore Temples

The important temples of Vellore district are Sripuram Mahalakshmi temple, Kshirapthinath Temple, Adi Kesava Perumal Temple, Sri Rama Temple, Margabandhuswami Temple, Sholingur Narasimha Temple, Arulmigu Balamurugan Tirukkovil, Seliamman Temple, Vallimalai Subramanyar Temple, Avaniyapuram Hill Temple, Umapatheeswarar Temple and many more.

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).

Adi Kesava Perumal Temple, one of the temples of Vellore district is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Thandalam in Vellore District. This temple of Vellore district was built towards the end of the Chola period. The procession idols are that of Sri Adi Kesava Perumal with his consorts, Sridevi and Bhoodevi. Gopuram and vimana are the prime features of this temple. Seliamman Temple, one of the eminent temples of Vellore district is situated at Vellore in Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to goddess Seliamman. According to myths, if an unmarried woman offers her prayers to the goddess, she will be blessed with marriage soon. An annual fair is held in this temple during the months of March-April.

Sri Rama Temple lies at Nedungunam in Vellore District. Lord Ram is the presiding deity, in a sitting position with chin mudra, Sita on his left and Lakshman to his right. He assumes the role of Guru and Lord Hanuman is seated listening to his Lord. Here the Lord is known as Vijaya Raghavan, signifying his victory over Ravana. The temple boasts a five-tier Rajagopuram. There are the idols of Lord Garuda and Dwarapalakas (gate-keepers) inside the temple. Moreover, there are shrines for Azhwar, Lord Krishna and Lord Venkateswara. One can also see two idols of Anjaneya. Sudharsana has a separate shrine with Yoga Narasimhar.

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