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President To Inaugurate Lotus-Shaped 'Parnashala' At Santhigiri Ashram
The 91 ft. superstructure has 21 lotus petals, of which 12 petals face upward and 9 petals face downward | By Yentha
On Aug 11, 2010

 

Pothencode, Trivandrum:  President Prathiba Patil will inaugurate the lotus-shaped ‘Parnashala’ at the Santhigiri Ashram, on August 13, 2010 and will be open for the public by September 12.

It has been under construction for about 10 years now. This ‘parnashala’ is the final resting place of the late Karunakara Guru who passed away in May, 1999.

This imposing construction has a height of about 91 ft. The superstructure has a radius of about 84 ft and an inner diameter of about 64 ft. The structure has 21 lotus petals, of which 12 petals (41 ft. each) face upward and nine petals (31 ft. each) face downward.

Pristine white marbles sourced from Rajsthan and black granite from Karnataka have been used for construction. Twenty-one pillars, embellished with carvings, support the monument. The edifice shall have a ‘Baalalayam’, an elevated platform for conducting ceremonies. It has exquisite wood-carvings. The structure holds ‘Sarakoodam’ - a 27 ft.-high enclosure made of teak.

President To Inaugurate Lotus-Shaped 'Parnashala' At Santhigiri Ashram

The 91 ft. lotus-shaped 'Parnashala' at Pothencode Shanthigiri Ashram

 

Shaped like a lotus bud, the ‘Sarakoodam’ encloses a marble cask inside. A life-size gold sculpture of the Guru will be installed atop the cask. Floodlights will reflect different colours on the superstructure during night.

The cost of the project is estimated at Rs. 30 crore.

 

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