INDIA, February 14, 2013 (The Hindu): The 21-year-old Sri Narayani Peedam in Thirumalaikkodi, Vellore, has added one more jewel to its crown with the Kanthirappu Vaibhavam (Eye Opening Ceremony) of the newly designed golden statue of Sri Swarna Lakshmi made of 154 lbs. gold at the Peedam premises.
In connection with this, a 48-day Mahalakshmi yagam commenced at the Shanthi Mandapam at the Sri Narayani Peedam on Sunday. The yagam, marked by the chanting of the Sri Suktam, will be held three times daily, at 8 a.m., 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. till March 29.
After that the Swarna Lakshmi statue will be temporarily installed at the Deepa Mandapam in Sripuram, which already houses the Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple (also known as the golden temple) established six years ago. "Devotees visiting Sripuram will be permitted to perform abhishekam to the statue of Swarnalakshmi with Thulasi Theertham," according to Sri Sakthi Amma, Managing Trustee of Sri Narayani Peedam.