The idol of the presiding deity was adorned with the coverings.
A devotee today donated golden “kavasams” (ornamental plate coverings) worth about Rs 40 lakhs to the Sri Kailasanathar temple here, officials said.
The family of Vittal Iyer, a resident of the town in the union territory of Puducherry, donated the kavasams totally weighing 175 sovereigns (one sovereign is eight grams),
Karaikal Sub-Collector and Executive Officer of the temple A Vikranth Raja said in a release.
The idol of the presiding deity was adorned with the coverings and a special pooja performed, he said adding the kavasam was worth about Rs 40 lakhs.
The golden plate coverings were later handed over to District Collector R Kesavan, also the head of the temple trust, the official added.