On Vaikunta Ekadasi day of 2001, amidst vedic chanting and singing of bhajans, the newly sculpted idol arrived at Sree Ramarajya’s erstwhile location. The ‘Eye-Opening’ ceremony was performed at the time when Makara Jyothi was observed at Sabarimala.
On April 6, 2001, the idol was transported to be placed in the Sanctum Sanctorum at Sree Ramarajya’s present location. The temple Kumbabishekam (consecration) was performed on the auspicious day of Panguni Uthiram (April 7), along with Nava Chandi Yagam (fire ritual invoking the Mother Goddess) performed by vedic scholars. The idol was charged and installed in the podium amidst the chanting of vedic hymns and devotional music. A series of abishekams were performed to the idol. The Kumbhabishekam concluded in the evening with Thirupugazh recital, dance, bhajans, palanquin pradakshanam (circumambulation) and harathi.
A grand modernization of the temple carried out in 2011 included the construction of a magnificent two-storey marble-floored temple hall which encompasses a Maha Yaga Salai, installation of majestic Vahanas – the Sun God facing East, facing the Gopuram is Garuda, Nandhi the Bull facing North, and Peacock towards the South – on the roof of the hall, a Roman architecture style entrance on one end of the temple, construction of corridors around the temple decorated with skillfully crafted pillars, renovated kitchen, overall landscaping, painting, and much more.
The construction work was completed in record time and the entire temple was splendidly decorated for an impressive 3-day Maha Kumbabishekam event. Special pooja was conducted on June 10 and 11. The Maha Kumbabhishekam event culminated on June 12, 2011, with the Kalasa pooja amidst chanting of veda, and the sprinkling of holy water from various sacred places. The entire day wore a festive look with the Marriage Celebration of Poorana Brahmam Perumal with Thayaar (Goddess), various cultural programs, and Maha Harathi. Free food was served throughout the day to the thousands of devotees who participated in the event and sought the Lord’s blessings.
A unique feature of the Kodi Maram (Dwajasthambam or Flag Mast) at the temple is that Lord Aanjaneya sits on the top of it. The presence of Aanjaneya has always signified victory and has hence been placed on the Kodi Maram of the temple.
The temple Gopuram (Tower) is shaped like the Diamond Crown of Lord Venkatachalapathy with a Gold Kalasam on the top. In the 4 towers atop the Gopuram are statues of Mahaans (Spiritual Giants), namely, Sri Shirdi Sai Baba, Sri Raghavendra Swami, Sri Koti Mahaan, and Sri Paramacharya. These towers are stately with gold cladding on them.
Across the Sanctum Sanctorum, the divine forms that each Mahaan represented (Sri Shirdi Sai Baba – Ganesha, Sri Koti Mahaan – Muruga, Sri Raghavendra Swami – Ranganayaka (Maha Vishnu) and Sri Paramacharya – Goddess Ambaal) are consecrated. In addition, an idol of Saint Ramanuja is also installed in the Sanctum of Ranganayaka. The Spiritual Giants symbolize that, like them, any normal human being can elevate themselves to higher spiritual levels.
At the temple, Ayyappa is the Gopurathu Ilaiyanaar (Presiding or Protecting Lord) and His Viswaroopa (Majestic Form of the Lord) is in the Sanctum Sanctorum as the Poorana Brahmam.
Eight Pillars support the temple from the ground each sculpted with “Yaali” – the lion form. The imposing pillars around the deity are in gold. The outer Yaali pillars are clad in silver and decorated with dazzling artistic Iranian metal work with colorful mirrors.
Mani mandapams (arches with bells) completely plated in gold adorn the four sides of the deity. Lord Ayyappa, Muruga, Vinayaka, and Pancha Mukha Aanjaneyar, installed on the top of these mandapams add grandeur to the temple.
A flight of steps accessible from all 4 sides of the temple lead to the Sanctum Sanctorum. As in the Sabarimala temple, the 18 steps on the front staircase leading to the Sanctum Sanctorum represent the 18 Siddhas. This entrance with 18 steps has been encased in ornamental brass with beautiful engravings. Each of the three other staircases contains a series of 12 steps that represent the 12 Azhwars, 12 Apostles and 12 Zodiacs. Along the steps on each side, beautiful fountains (Water) and brightly-lit palm trees are placed to provide a picturesque effect.
A Maha Yaga Salai (Fire) is located a few feet down the temple hallway, where Homams (fire rituals) are performed every morning and on Pournami (full moon) days. The Poorana Brahmam temple is always kept open. In fact, there are no doors on any of the sides of the Sanctum Sanctorum (open to Air and Space). The temple is built on solid ground (Earth). The five elements of nature “Panchabootham” – Water, Fire, Air, Space and Earth – coexist in this temple.
At night, the lighting produces a range of hues, bringing out the intricacies of the ceiling and pillars. A circumambulation in the inner walkway is a feast for the eyes and the soul. The outer walkway is a visual treat with views of the statues of Peacock, Garuda, and Nandi which are seamlessly integrated into the architecture. Beautiful paintings on glass and musical instruments are examples of the different themes incorporated.
The idol’s Lotus Feet which rests on a lotus blossom contain the Mudras of Maha Vishnu and His 10 Avatars. The lower part of the idol is in the form of a fish (depicting Matsya Avatar), and the part above is in the form of a turtle shell (depicting Koorma Avatar). The upper half of the idol is depicted as the Ardhanareeswara Swaroopam (half-man, half-woman) with the left half dedicated to Goddess Ambaal.
With a Siva Lingam at the waist, and Varaha and Narasimha faces on either side of the Lord, the main face depicts Venkatachalapathy. The three faces of the idol symbolize the sacred syllable AUM (Om). The syllable is taken to consist of three phonemes, a, u and m, symbolizing creation, protection and destruction. In the Poorana Brahmam idol, Varaha represents Brahma or creation, Venkatachalapathy stands for protection and Narasimha is the force of destruction.
The arms hold forth Vamana’s umbrella, Parasurama’s Kodali (axe), Rama’s bow and arrow, Krishna’s flute, Balarama’s plough, and Kalki’s sword. The idol also depicts Maha Vishnu’s Changu (conch), Chakra (disc) and Gadha. The Poorana Brahmam idol stands tall at a height of 5 feet 9 inches.