Well known and Internationally acclaimed Actor, Mr. Jayaram from the Kollywood & Mollywood Cine Industry, offered pujas in the presence of Shri. K. Veeramani Raju, Spiritual Singer along the lines of the traditional rituals for the Gold-plated sidewalls sheets (“Vaasa kaal”) for the Shri Sabarimala Ayappan Temple, Kerala.
The Puja was offered at the factory premises of Smart Creations, Chennai. Post the puja, the gold-plated sheets will be taken to Sabarimala and be installed accordingly.
The project was executed by Chennai based Smart Creations, well known for creating artistic designs in the temple décor and architecture field. The Gold-plated sheets for the Side Walls will be transported to the Holy Temple located in Sabarimala, Kerala and installed shortly.
The highlights of the Gold-plated sheets for the sidewalls are the artisans have beautifully handcrafted 2 Nos. of Ashtalakshmi Panels, 2 Nos. of auspicious symbols and 2 Nos. of Accessories with Lakshmi Symbols. The height of the sheets is a standard 6 feet with the width ranging from 6 inches to 12 inches.
Incidentally, Smart Creations has undertaken an earlier project for the Ayyapan Temple wherein the holy doors were coated in 24 Kt Gold using their Nano Technology Gold Deposit (NTGD) Gold Plating technology successfully.
This was made possible by the patronage of an ardent devotee of the Lord Ayyapa, who donated the entire cost of renovation, after the approval of the Travancore Devaswom Board. The Gold-plated sheets for the Side Wall project was done in two phases spread over 3 months with 30 days only dedicated for making the copper sheets and gold plating.
“The same donor who had earlier donated the gold doors had once again approached us for the new project of making gold plated sheets for the sidewalls. This particular donor has been our customer for the past 12 years,” said Mr. Pankaj Bhandari, MD, Smart Creations.
“The challenges were many as the Travancore Devaswom Board had to be absolutely convinced of the quality of work and the Gold used. We got total support from Shri. Unniswamy, the Priest of the temple who had faith in our quality and honesty. Furthermore, the Board deputed The Commissioner, Superintendent and a Jeweler to observe our entire process,” he added.
“We have given a written guarantee on gold deposits, warranty periods and Gold recovery warranty,” Mr. Pankaj further commented on how supportive the Board was, as it was a new journey for them.
“We are unique in many ways. Our notable highlights are we assure minimum maintenance, maximum warranty and gold recovery in our process. Also, the fact that our guarantee for this project is 25 years plus further convinced the Travancore Devaswom Board after seeing our methodology and processes,” he added.
“I had got to know about this project by the Donor, Mr. Govardhan Roddam from Bellary, Karnataka who is a good friend of mine. I was absolutely thrilled and excited to hear about this project that Smart Creations has executed. As an ardent devotee of Lord Ayappa, it is indeed an honor for me to see the whole process of the gold-plated sidewalls,” said Mr. Jayaram who unveiled the gold-plated sidewalls.