The plan for vellore Golden Temple was out of the blue. It all came into picture my brother (Praveen) said us about the temple. We checked with our friends and none of them said yes. So we planned to go ourselves where in he will catch the train from Chennai and I catch a train from Bangalore. I was discussing the same with my friends and at the last moment, couple of my office colleagues (Mahesh and Bharath) said yes, when having tea break in the office cafeteria. It was decided that we will go by i20 car (owned by Mahesh) and return back the same day to Bangalore. Praveen would meet us near Katpadi and from there on, we could go to temple.
We (Mahesh, Bharath, Ram and Me) started from Bangalore around 5:30 AM in the morning from HSR layout. We stopped at Dabba Express to have our breakfast but to our disappointment, the food was not good. We were hungry wolves, who had even though it was not good enough. We resumed our journey and were going slowly so that we could pick Praveen from the station. We reached Katpadi station around 1 PM in the afternoon and parked waiting for Praveen to arrive. In the meantime, Bharath, Ram and Myself wanted to explore the vicinity. We strolled around and had some snacks in a bakery and went back to station. Praveen reached around 1:45 PM to Katpadi station. Once all were in, we headed to our destination. We reached golden temple around 3:00 PM and went straight for lunch. We finished our lunch and visited the Narayani temple. The entrance gates were ornate and imposing and we looked forward to stepping inside as quickly as possible. At first, we were all set to go in the general line to visit temple. Once we crossed the maze steps and were about to reach the sections where people were waiting, we decided not to opt for it. We opted for “Seva Darshnam” by paying INR 250/- per person. The provision of taking this ticket is that you can skip all the waiting part and directly reach half the way.
After taking the tickets, we had time to pass on that is when our eyes fell on the 7D Cinema. We took photos near the parking area for a while and went to watched two 7d cinema’s (The Forest and Ghost rider) at the price of Rs. 100 per person. There was a time when a thought occurred to my mind that the sole purpose of the visit was to visit temple but we were doing everything other than that. After coming out, it was around 5:00 PM and we decided to move into the temple. We were immediately whisked in to the spiritual park and reached the main temple around 5:30 and the security in-charge told us to take round of the temple from the outer circle and come back to perform “Go Pooja”. It was around 6.30 when the pooja was completed and we were taken to the main temple which is completely made of GOLD. I have heard of the spectacular view of the temple at night but words couldn’t define it.
The only words that I breathed on seeing the opulent structure was – architectural marvel . The golden temple is surrounded by lush and scenic landscapes with a variety of flora catching our attention. It is amidst a natural ecosystem and is the Pride of Tamilnadu. The 100 acres of land on which this Lakshmi Narayani or the Mahalakshmi Temple stands is a sight to behold. The park is shaped in to a star shaped path in which the visitors have to walk to reach the temple. The pathway is dotted with resting spaces & recreational facilities. The temple itself is situated in the middle of the star surrounded by a holy pond (Sarvatheertham) which contains the Holy waters of all major rivers. The star shaped path is said to represent Sri Chakra. The temple has a gold covering all over and uses more than 1.5 tonnes of the precious metal. We sat before the idol for 10-15 minutes and then walked our way back to the car. It was 7:00 PM when we reached outside and started our journey back to Bangalore.
How to reach there:
Route taken: Bangalore > Hosur > Krishnagiri > Ambur > Vellore.
Total Distance: 209 Kms (one side)
Toll roads: 4