It was Lord Shanmukha’s own will to choose the barren Hillock in Rajarajeshwari Nagar as His abode and He inspired His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahaswamiji of Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri, to appoint Dr. R. Arunachalam as His contractor to build Shrungagiri Sri Shanmukha Temple on the hillock.
The Crystal Dome
The Crystal Dome stands at a commanding height of 42′ from the top of the Temple Gopuram, embedded with 2500 Nos. of 1′ diameter crystals. During day time, when direct Sun Light falls on the crystals, the same is converted into a beautiful “Rainbow” pattern. In the evening, the crystals are illuminated by 27 Watt LED lights, each crystal disseminating 16 colour combination lights, forming 138 patterns. The total output works out to 67,500 Watts. The luminous capacity of the Crystal Dome ranges from 36,000 Lumina (at a minimum value of 18 per unit) to 3, 70,000 Lumina (at a maximum value of 186 per unit) and the power consumption ranges from 2KW to 54 KW.
This unique Temple is situated on a hillock which is 240′ from the ground level. The total height of the temple is 123′ of which the six faced Gopuram itself is 62′ (including 19′ up to neck). The Crystal Dome above the Gopuram has a height of 42′, with 33′ Diameter and 105′ Circumference. The six faces of Lord Shanmukha are 6″ thick concrete moulded structures.
The design of the entire temple structure is based on the very name of Lord Shanmukha, which means a ‘Six Faced God’. In other words, the design of the whole Temple is based on ‘Star” concept. The Sanctum (Garbha Gudi) and its outer circle (Prakara), devotees’ hall, outer walls, roof design – all are ‘Star’ shape constructions. The Temple Gopuram structure is the six faces of Lord Shanmukha.
The fact that the tall structure of the Temple, its Gopuram and the Crystal Dome are all situated on top of a hillock, commands a view from a 10 kms. radius both in the morning and during night.
Branch-in-charge : Dr. R. Arunachalam
Contact Person : Shri Gopalmani
Telephone : Tel: 080-22718604|
Website : www.shanmukhatemple.com
E-mail : [email protected]