GUJARAT, INDIA, September 30, 2012 (Daily Mail): Gujarat's Somnath Temple is set to receive a grand gift, of a size more often associated with the Tirumala Temple in Tirupati.
Two diamond merchants, who have chosen to remain anonymous, have pledged a gold-plated Gauripeeth (the rounded elevated area around the Shivalingam) for Lord Somnath.
P.K. Lahiri, secretary of the Somnath Trust, said they have been exploring possibilities with the goldsmith who did a similar job in Badrinath, but no decision has yet been made.
"Gifts have been coming to the trust and big ones at that," Lahiri said, noting that Maheshwari Samaj made a pledge of US $760,000 last year, paying it in installments to build a guest house, and Kokilaben Ambani recently gifted US $380,000 to the trust.
"People make pledges for certain reasons and we implement their wishes with the money they donate," he said. He confirmed this one, if done, would cost around US $1.33 million to US $1.425 million and would be the biggest ever.