At Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers (VBJ), we are immensely proud and honoured to be part of crafting the magnificent Golden Sriramcharitmanas. This is yet another proud moment for us, following the historic moment of the Sengol, a symbol of the sacred transfer of power, which we had the privilege of designing and crafting.

The Sriramcharitmanas, the beloved epic poem by the revered saint-poet Tulsidas, holds a cherished place in the hearts of devotees across India. This sacred book recounts Lord Rama's divine journey and has now been crafted in gleaming gold, thanks to the generous donation from Smt. Saraswathy, Shri. S. Lakshminarayanan and their family members.

When they approached us with the desire to commission a unique rendition of this sacred text in gold, we knew this was an opportunity to create something truly extraordinary.

A Journey of Devotion and Heritage

Driven by a deep reverence for the Sriramcharitmanas and a vision to honour India's rich cultural heritage, our team, with strong ambition, started the journey to bring this project to life. We travelled to the holy city of Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, to meticulously measure the dimensions of the temple's sanctum sanctorum, ensuring that the final creation would find its rightful place within this sacred space.

The Sriramcharitmanas: A Timeless Masterpiece

The Sriramcharitmanas is a timeless spiritual and literary masterpiece that has captivated devotees and scholars for centuries. Tulsidas's poetic brilliance weaves together profound spiritual insights and timeless moral teachings, offering seekers of truth a transformative journey toward self-realisation and divine grace.

Key Details of the Golden Sriramcharitmanas:

⦁ Total Pages: 522 meticulously crafted pages.

⦁ Total Number of Sheets: 261 sheets.

⦁ Gold Sheets: 261 sheets of 24-karat gold, each 1mm thick.

⦁ Copper Sheets: 259 sheets.

⦁ Silver Sheets: 2 sheets.

Material Weights

⦁ Total Gold Weight: Approximately 700 grams of 24-karat gold.

⦁ Weight per Gold Sheet: 2.68 grams.

⦁ Total Weight of Copper Sheets: 143.5 kilograms.

⦁ Weight of Silver Sheet: 2,800 grams.

⦁ Total Weight of the Golden Sriramcharitmanas: 147 kilograms.

Techniques Used

⦁ Intricate etching of unique characters and text by skilled artisans

⦁ Etching on both sides of the sheets for perfect alignment

⦁ Cutting-edge UV printing to reproduce intricate imagery and vibrant colours

⦁ The harmonious blending of gold and silver hues

Timeline of Creation:

⦁ Duration: Approximately 8 months

⦁ Challenges Overcome: Etching text on both sides, blending of metals, integrating UV printing

Our deep reverence for the Sriramcharitmanas and commitment to preserving its essence was instrumental in the successful completion of this extraordinary project.

The Driving Force Behind the Donation

Shri. S. Lakshminarayanan, a retired IAS officer who served as a Secretary in the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Principal Advisor to Lilavati Hospital, is the driving force behind this remarkable donation. Inspired by his profound devotion to Lord Rama, Smt. Saraswathy, Shri. S. Lakshminarayanan and their family donated their life savings to the Ayodhya Ram Temple. This act of generosity and spiritual commitment has touched the hearts of devotees across the country.

The Significance of the Donation

The donation of the Golden Sriramcharitmanas to the Ayodhya Ram Temple holds great significance. It preserves the rich cultural heritage of India by ensuring this magnificent creation finds a permanent home within the sacred space, honouring the enduring divine spirit of Lord Rama.

This impressive act highlights VBJ's strong commitment and excellent craftsmanship. The Golden Sriramcharitmanas beautifully merges spiritual devotion with artistic brilliance, inspiring both devotees and art admirers. Through this extraordinary project, VBJ has not only fulfilled the vision of the donors but has also created a timeless masterpiece that will captivate and inspire generations to come.

This remarkable creation was born from the profound devotion and philanthropic spirit of Smt. Saraswathy, Shri. S. Lakshminarayanan and their family highlight the importance of preserving cultural heritage and maintaining spiritual traditions. As this gilded tome takes its rightful place within the Ayodhya Ram Temple, it will continue to illuminate the sacred verses of the Sriramcharitmanas, inviting seekers of truth to immerse themselves in the profound teachings and timeless wisdom that it embodies.


1. What is the Golden Sriramcharitmanas?

It's a unique version of Tulsidas's Sriramcharitmanas, crafted from 24-karat gold and other metals, commissioned as a devotional offering to the Ayodhya Ram Temple.

The project was initiated by Shri. S. Lakshminarayanan and his family, who donated their savings for this sacred creation.

The creation process took about 8 months, involving detailed craftsmanship and intricate design work.

The team faced challenges in text etching, metal blending, and maintaining precise alignment of detailed imagery.

The Golden Sriramcharitmanas will be housed inside the garbhagriha of the Ayodhya Ram Temple, permanently enhancing the spiritual ambiance of Lord Rama’s birthplace.

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