The renovated gold-plated Vimana gopuram of Sri Swayambhu Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple on Road No. 12 Banjara Hills in Hyderabad on Saturday. (Photo Credits – G. Ramakrishna)
Artisans working overtime to complete task on time
The ancient Swayambhu Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple on Banjara Hills Road No.12 here that was being renovated and restored by Hare Krishna Movement (HKM) for the past four years, will be inaugurated on April 22.
The temple’s ‘vimana gopuram’ and pillars are coated with pure gold-plates weighing around 3.5 kg, said Satya Gaura Chandra Dasa, president, HKM. “It is the first Swarna Devalayam (golden temple) in the State,” he said, adding that the temple will have an artificial waterfall and landscaping.
The grand religious-cum-cultural complex is being constructed on 4.38 acres for promoting spiritual values in the society, he said. “In phase I, we have completed works of the main temple along with those of Lord Shiva and upalayams of Sri Radha Govinda, Sri Garuda and Sri Hanuman.
The upalayam vimana will also be coated with gold-plates during phase II,” Mr Chandra Dasa said, adding that phase I involves an estimated spending of Rs. 15 crore.
Dozens of artisans from Tamil Nadu are working round the clock to complete the task on time.
Mr Chandra Dasa said the consecration ceremonies shall commence from April 17 and culminate on April 22. “Every day, unique Vedic rituals and ceremonies would be performed as per Agama Sastra and on April 22, Sri Tridandi Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamy will perform the Kumbhaprokshana at 8.01 a.m., followed by poornahuti, prana prathistha, alaya vimana shikara prokshana,” he said.
He informed that all the consecration ceremonies and rituals will be performed strictly as per Pancharatrika Veda Agama Sastras and Shiva temple rituals will be performed as per Shaivite agama under the supervision of expert Yagnacharya of Chinna Jeeyar Swamy ashramam.
A weeklong Sri Narasimha Jayanti celebrations will then begin on April 23, he said.
Source: The Hindu Dated: April 15, 2018