Renovation of Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple, Vellore, is under way.

Neglected for a few centuries, the ancient Sridevi Bhudevi Sametha Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple situated at Valayathur Village, Arcot Circle, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu – 632 504, is getting a face lift.

Valayathur is on the Arcot – Arni route, roughly about 15 km from either side.

The temple is in a dilapidated condition and there has been no pujas or rituals being performed, at least for a few decades, confirm villagers.

The idols of the Lord and His Consorts are beautifully sculpted.

Sri Valavanadeesar Trust is taking up the task of renovating this temple.

Quite a task

The renovation plan includes rebuilding of the sanctum sanctorum of the presiding deity, sannidhis for Garudazhwar and Chakkarathazhwar, renovating the vimanam, building prakaram and repairing the compound walls besides arranging for the daily pujas after Samprokshanam.

The Valavanadeesar Trust has already renovated a 1300-year-old temple, also called the Valavanadeesar, in the same village. Kumbabishekam was performed and regular pujas are held twice a day.

The trust takes care of the affairs of the temple, for a year now, with the help of the villagers and other devotees.

Contributions, in the form of DDs/cheques/money orders, may be drawn in favour of Sri Valavanadeesar Trust and sent to V. Ananthakrishnan, president, Sri Valavanadeesar Trust, No. 72, Seventh Street, Sai Nagar, Virugambakkam, Chennai – 600 092. Phone No. 044-2479 3723, 98410 58871.