Temples of Vellore
Temples of Vellore:
|Kayana Mantapa, Jalakandeshwara temple|
|See-through view of Gopura's at Jalakandeshwara temple|
|The Main gopura and the second gopura|
|The monolithic sculptured pillars at the Mantapa|
|Amazing carvings on the outer pillars of the mantapa|
|View from the platform inside the Mantapa|
|The front row of monolithic stone scuptures, Kalyana mantapa|
|Pillared Corridors inside the Temple complex|
Entry ticket and Parking fee: Entry is free. Car parking is 30 Rs.
Timings: 6:30am to 1:00 pm and 3:00pm to 8:30pm
Lakshmi Narayani Golden temple at Vellore is gaining popularity to become one of the most popular temples in Tamil Nadu, mainly for its striking feature being built using real Gold.
It will typically take 2-3 hrs for a normal free entry, one has to walk through the entry point and walk for five mins to reach waiting halls. They will make you wait for at least 30 mins in one of these halls before they release you to walk further. If you pay 100 Rs one can skip these waiting rooms. Further past the waiting rooms, you've to walk for another 5-10 mins to reach the entrance area again, where you meet the special entrance ticket holders (250 Rs Seva ticket). From here one has to walk (including the seva ticket holders) through a long way across the star shaped walkway which surrounds the golden temple. Once you reach the temple there is another circular path around the golden temple. Here there are two lanes, Seva ticket holders get the lane nearest to the golden temple and others get the next lane. Finally after entering the golden temple, Seva ticket holders can sit for some time inside the mantapa and others will have to get the Darshan of goddess Lakshmi and leave.
The entire temple is gold plated both interiors and exteriors and is surrounded by water, which makes it look stunning. These amazing visuals are not to be missed and a must visit at-least once in a lifetime.