Dipti Ranjan Das

Ayodhya: After centuries of wait for a 'bhavya mandir',  people cutting across all sections of society will finally witness the historic moment of realising the temple of Lord Ram in his holy abode. The project is likely to be completed in the next three years once the construction work commences.

While the stage is set for the ground-breaking of the grand temple by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, here are some interesting facts that make the temple no less than an architectural marvel.

  • 3-storey Ram temple will have 5 dome-shaped mandaps and 1 ‘shikhar’
  • Original design had 2 storeys, 3 mandaps and 1 shikhar. Sanctum sanctorum will be octagonal
  • Temple height up from 141 feet to 161 feet
  • Temple design is based keeping in consideration Vastu Shastra, says Chief architect Chandrakantbhai Sompura who also designed Akshardham temple of Gujarat. His grandfather Prabhakarji Sompura had designed Somnath temple.
  • Nagar style Ram temple has been designed keeping in mind Shilpa Shastra specifications
  • Stones from Banshi mountains in Rajasthan will be used
  • 4 more temples, smaller in size will surround the main structure
  • Over 2 lakh bricks with ‘Sri Ram’ inscribed on them in various languages, collected over 30 years ago from across the country, will form the foundation of the temple
  • The temple will take around three and a half year to be ready as per project’s architects
  • No use of iron and steel in the temple
  • Ram temple will be built in 10 acres and the remaining 57 acres will be developed as the temple complex
  • The width of the stairs will be 16 feet
  • Arrangement for over 90 lakh devotees per day to be made
  • All buildings in the temple town have been painted yellow to replicate the ‘treat yug’, the period in which Ramayana was set
  • Number of pillars increased from 212 to 360

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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