In Santhipuram,faith is 12cr family affair

Jaikrishnan Nair TNN

Kottayam : If you can value faith in rupee terms,this one is worth Rs 12 crore and some more.ThatswhatP arappukadu Family Trust is investing in building a brand new temple complex for Lord Shiva in a small village called Santhipuram near Karukachalin Kottayam district.
The project,which is in its finishing stages,has been completely funded by the Parappukadu family that boasts of about a dozen doctors and half a dozen engineers,mostly based in the US.
We decided to construct the new temple in place of the old family temple 12 years ago after being advisedby thefamily astrologer.The whole expense is being met by family members.The initial estimate of the project was 10-12 crore,but it will be slightly more when it is completed, said Rajendran Nair,the managing trustee.
Rajendran runs a software company in Technopark in Thiruvanathapuram along with one of his brothers who is in the US.
The temple is located in a two-acre plot owned by the family.It has four towers (gopurams ) with the main one 82 feet high.Though the temple hasbeen constructedin Tamil style,the rituals will be typical of Kerala.Sculptors from Thanjavur were employed for building the temple.The idol of the main deity has been carved from a single stone.The late Chenkottukonam Satyananda Saraswathy Swamy was the main consultant for the project,while Kanippayyoor Krishnan Namboothiri was the vastu consultant.
The family is also planning tostart a super speciality hospital.Since we have many doctorsin thefamily,we willstart a hospitalherein the future, said Nair.
The place has also the potential to develop into a Sabarimala pilgrim shelter,he said.People have already started coming to see the temple.The temple is 12km from Chanaganassery and 6km from Karukachal, he said.

The construction of the temple is in its final stages in Santhipuram near Karukachal,Kottayam