ABOUT THE TEMPLE
BELIEVE IT OR NOT
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.
Thus ordained and blessed, Dr. Arunachalam’s extraordinary visionary capacity guided him to design the entire temple structure 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.
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.