STATUS OF THIRUPPANI OF TEMPLES OF AVG
The Balalayam of the temples at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam was conducted with religious fervour on the 30th November 2017. Subsequently the Thiruppani(Renovation) of the Temples was started on the 8th of January 2018 by the Sthapathis. The status of the renovation is briefly presented below:
1. Sri Jnana Ganapati Temple:
The new vimanam has been constructed subsequent to the complete dismantling of the old one. The plastering of the vimanam has since been completed and is awaiting the construction of figurines(images) on the vimanam. After curing of the plaster, the painting of the vimanam shall commence by 20th March’2018.
2. Sri Medha Dakshinamurti Temple:
The new vimanam has been constructed subsequent to the complete dismantling of the old one. The plastering of the vimanam is in progress and thenceforth the construction of figurines(images) on the vimanam is planned. After curing of the plaster, the painting of the vimanam shall commence.
3. Sri Narmadeshwar Temple:
The new vimanam has been constructed subsequent to the complete dismantling of the old vimanam. The plastering of the vimanam is in progress and thenceforth the construction of figurines(images) on the vimanam is planned. After curing of the plaster, the painting of the vimanam shall commence.
4. Sri Jnaneshwari Temple:
The project envisages the expansion of the sannidhi as the existing sannidhi had constraints of space hampering ease of doing daily pooja rituals, Abhishekam etc. This requires the dismantling of the front portion of stone masonary of the sannidhi , moving it forward after filling in the expanded space with stone work. At present the extension of the sannidhi is almost complete.. The old vimana has been dismantled and shall be reconstructed after the sannidhi stone work is completed. This new project not earlier scheduled is likely to cost Rs. 5.50 lakhs.
5. Sri Kalyana Subramanya Swami Temple:
The repairs to the vimana have been completed. Repairs to the Mandapam ceiling has now been completed and painting of the Vimana and Mahamandapam is in various stages of completion. Civil works on the top surface of the mandapam with water proofing have been completed. Granite slab is yet to be positioned on the Brahmaindra opening in the sannidhi.
It is anticipated that the work of the sthapathi will be completed by April 30, 2018, after which the projects which are being executed by AVG will continue and is expected to be completed in time for the Kumbhabhishekam..
II. New projects at the temple complex:
1. The pathway between the mahamandapams is planned to be re-laid with concrete to bring the level of the pathway on the same level as the two mahamandapams. The cost of this is anticipated to be Rs.1.20 lakhs
2. The parikrama path around the Medha Dakshinamurti temple needs to be provided with a cover to protect the devotee from rain/ sun while during pradakshina. The plan envisages providing arched polycarbonate sheets over metal trusses with metal support posts on either side of the pathway. Polycarbonate is long lasting and also permits light through. Anticipated Cost : Rs. 7.50 lakhs
3. As per the requirements of the Agama sastras, the Sri Nadikeswarar presently close to the Sri Narmadeshwar sannidhi is to be moved a further 8 feet away and positioned in the present Pradosha open hall. This necessitates the conversion of that portion of the pradosha hall as a temple premises with collapsible gate and the balance portion of the hall to be secured with gate and metal grill work. A ramp is also planned at the entry gate of pradosha mandapam for the elderly and differently enabled devotees. The approximate cost of the project is Rs. 3.00 lakhs.
Also in order to maintain continuity in the floor level between the Sri Namadeshwar premises and the pradosha hall, it is planned to fill the gap with RCC and also provide a RCC cantilever platform extending in the north south direction at a height of about 2 meters, which shall enable creation of spaces under the beam that could be used for storage as well as for a prasadam distribution place during festivals. The cost of project is likely to be Rs. 3.50 lakhs.
4. To prevent access to birds and cats to the homa mandapam, it is now planned to provide SS mesh with frame on the outer walls. The plan is to provide two slidable heavy duty aluminium frame doors for the devotees for entry and exit from the homa mandapam. The anticipated cost is Rs. 2.80 lakhs.
5. The Madapalli (Prasadam room) and storage room at the Temple complex needs to be provided with additional shelves for storage and the walls of the rooms repainted. Similarly the Homa Manadapam needs renovation of both interior, exterior and the terrace. The cost of the repairs is likely to be 2.20 lakhs.
6. For the Mahakumbhabishekam Yagasala (15 kundas) the existing open air platform opposite the Lecture Hall is to be extended by about 10 feet in breadth and 6 feet in length, by creating a brick walled enclosure of same height as the existing platform , then filled with sand to level it up. Approx Cost is Rs. 0.85 lakhs.
7. The existing kalasas , brass fitting, Temple bell in the different sannidhis are to be cleaned and electroplated. The wooden doors also are in need of repairs. The project is likely to cost Rs. 1.62 lakhs.
8. The area around the Sri. Kalyan Subramanya Swami temple needs to be protected by a wall to prevent access to Goats and wild beasts. The cost has been estimated at Rs.2.8 lakhs.
9. The re-electrification of the Temple complex with better illumination and wiring is expected to cost Rs. 1.30 lakhs.
10. The renovation of the 60 steps leading to the Sri. Kalyana Subramanya Swami temple sponsored by a devotee is scheduled.