18 February 2012

Goddess Gowri Ruthatcha Malai

In an earlier posting I talked about Ramesh, a jewellery maker here in Tiruvannamalai, who makes ornaments for Temple Gods fashioned in both precious metals and gemstones, and also in metal amalgamates.

Most of the jewels in major Temples are donations from devotees over the previous several hundred years. In the case of Arunachaleswarar Temple much of the jewellery is of immense age and value.

However the collection of jewellery at Arunachaleswarar Temple is regularly added to by donation from interested devotees.

The below photographs are of one of the most recent jewellery donations to Arunachaleswarar Temple which is of a gold framed medallion embedded with representations of the Gods; Ganesha, Shiva and Parvati along with a rudraraksha golden malai. The jewellery was donated by a wealthy industrialist from Salem. And local newspaper have reported that the value of the piece to be over Rs. 20 Lakhs.

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