Rajkot : The Somnath Temple Trust plans to gold plate all the 72 pillars of the historical temple, beginning with 10 in the first phase. Nearly 30 kg gold will be used for plating the 10 pillars. The Artisans comes from Delhi. The sanctum sanctorum and two doors of the temple are already gold plated along with the prong and Lord Shiva’s damru on the peak of the temple. The Trustee Secretary of temple P K Lahri said that “The work of gold plating has been assigned to artists from New Delhi. They first made the design on copper and then a ready – to- install structure. In the first phase, we have chosen 10 out of the total 72 pillars for gold plating.”
The temple trust purchased the gold metal in Delhi from donations it received. “As the donation for this gold plating keeps coming, we will complete the rest of the pillars” trustee officials said.