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About Sreekovil Of Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple - Gold Plated Sanctum Sanctorum

Srikovil or the sanctum sanctorum at Sannidanam - Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is plated using gold. The life story of Ayyappa from His birth on earth to His disappearance at Sabarimala is written on copper sheets and is superimposed on the Sreekovil.

The punar pratishta or murti reinstallation was performed in 1951.

The gold plating of the sreekovil was completed in 1997 – around 32 kilograms of gold and 1904 kilograms of copper were used for the purpose.

The murti of Ayyappa worshipped at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is that of Brahmachari. He is also referred as Shasta.

There is a belief that the murti was created by Parashurama and Ayyappa merged in it.