The foundation stone of this much-awaited Ayodhya Ram Mandir has been laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday through an expansive Bhoomi Pujan ceremony.
For crores of Hindus, it was an occasion to celebrate Diwali as it was a dream come true. They had lost hope that their dream of Ram Temple in Ayodhya would ever come into reality in their lifetime. Their celebration was the outcome of 500 years of wait and the sacrifice of 25 generations. The majority of Hindus in the country now feel that Lord Rama’s exile has actually ended.
Ahead of the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony of the Ram Temple, the sacred city of Ayodhya, where, according to Hindu beliefs and scriptures, Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was born, was all decked out with lights and diyas brightening up the whole city giving Diwali-celebration feels.
As the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony will pave way for the construction of the grand temple devoted to Lord Ram on janmasthan’ (birthplace), here is the way the expansive shrine will seem and what will be its design.
The expansive Ram Temple to be constructed in Ayodhya will be 161 feet tall, which will be 20 feet taller than the original layout prepared in 1988 which said the height of this temple as 141 feet.
Throwing light on the new design, the temple’s most important architect Nikhil Sompura said that “the earlier design was prepared in 1988. Over 30 years have passed… that the footfall is likely to increase. People are very enthusiastic about going to the temple. We thought its dimensions ought to be increased. As per the revised design, the height of this temple has been increased from 141-feet to 161-feet.”
Apart from the height, two brand new mandaps also have been added into the new layout of all pillars and the temple stones which were carved based on the design that is earlier will be utilized.
Sompura explained that “All the pillars and the stones that were carved dependent on the earlier layout will still be utilized. Only two mandaps are inserted,”.
Will include three stories with columns and domes. It’ll be the size of the layout that is planned.
Four temples, smaller in size, will also encircle the structure of Ram Mandir at the Ram Janmabhoomi at Ayodhya. 2 lakh bricks with Shri Ram inscribed to form the foundation of the Temple. Stones from the Banshi mountains in Rajasthan are going to be used for its building.
Meanwhile, Nikhil Sompura also said that the construction of the grand Ram Temple will take 3.5 years approximately from the day it’ll be started and the estimated cost to generate the temple is going to be Rs 300 crore.
The group of L&T, together with machines and substances, has reached the place along with also the work on foundation will start right away. It’ll require 3 to 3.5 years for its completion of the work,” Sompura said.