Gold worth Rs. 25 lakh used for making the chariot
The new ‘golden chariot’ of the Kaatu Veera Anjaneyar Temple in Krishnagiri was ready to go round the temple for the fist time on Wednesday to mark the auspicious Hanuman Jayanthi, said E.N. Sivaprakasam, one of the trustees of the temple here on Tuesday.
Mr. Sivaprakasam, a retired teacher and trustee of the temple said that the chariot was made up of 750 grams of 24 carat gold plates.
Gold worth Rs.25 lakh was used for making the nine feet tall and 11 feet wide chariot.
It took nearly six months for producing the gold chariot. Guru Govind, an expert in making temple chariots undertook the task, he added.
The temple is known for the rock carving named Kaatu Veera Anjaneyar, symbolised as the deity Hanuman with a bell attached to its tail.
Legend has it that a messenger was sent by the then emperor Krishna Devarayar to construct the structure in the midst of the forest some six hundred years ago.
Many saints have stayed in this temple, as it was believed to have “divine vibrations”, he added.
According to him , it was a belief that people whose marriage got postponed for a long time or couples with late issues and patients who prayed to Anjaneya, the male deity, would have their wish fulfilled.
The tradition was to make a payment of Rs. 50 at the temple to purchase a coconut and betel leaf and tie them to the scared tree near the temple after an ‘aradhana’, a special prayer at the temple to accomplish their wish, Mr. Sivaprakasam .said.