I used to visit this temple few times a years years ago. Its a small temple and gets overcrowded easily during festive seasons. And its quite well known among locals and foreigners.
While I can understand the logic of using granite stones, the amount being spent stumped me. RM10 million can do wonders to our Tamil schools, sponsor students for further education, or even pay for surgeries faced by patients who can’t afford the bills, like this case of two siblings who need about RM40,000. I would have been happy to hear if the organisers/donors also allocated a million or two for a good cause, and there are plenty of those causes around.
Some times we need to take a step back and consider if there’s a better way of doing things, or is it a necessity to spend for what we intend to spend for.
Now, if I had RM10 million, it would have all gone to education purpose. Different people have different views and priorities 🙂
KLANG: Known worldwide as the “Thirupati Venkateswara temple” of Southeast Asia, the newly-rebuilt Sri Sundararaja Peru mal temple will be the first all-granite, hand-carved one of its kind in Malaysia.
Devoted to the worship of Lord Vishnu, the Hindu temple has enlisted the efforts of 50 stone carvers and their families in Kanchipuram, 60km from Chennai, India, to craft the all-granite temple, costing RM10mil.One of a kind: Anandakrishnan showing the granite brick that will be used for the stone laying ceremony at the temple in Klang today. Behind him is the gopuram, the only remaining part of the old temple.
The Tirupathi Venkateswara temple in Thirupati, South India is reportedly the richest and most visited place of worship in the world with about 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily.
Temple president S. Ananda krishnan, who initiated the idea to rebuild the temple using granite, said work had began last year and would be completed in 2014.
“Stone blocks from Sirudamoor Hill, some 20km from Kanchipuram will be carved. No machines will be used so as not to disturb the living energy in the granite.
“It is believed that Vishnu is in everything and using granite would cause the vibrations of the mantras to resonate at a higher level,” he said, adding that the granite structure follows the precise design formulas defined by southern Indian temple builders thousands of years ago.
He added that the Sri Sundararaja Perumal temple would be 15m high including a dome and copper crown.The first shipment of seven, 40ft containers of pillars weighing at least three tonnes will be brought in soon for assembling, he said.
R. Selvanathan, the chief executive officer of the Chennai-based Sri Vaidyanatha Sthapati Associates – an architect, sculptor and building firm – said the all-granite temple project was a rarity even in India when granite has yielded to concrete and steel.
Philanthropist P. Thiagarajan and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk S.K. Devamany will attend the foundation laying ceremony of the temple at 7am today.