Ram Mandir is a Hindu temple under construction in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India, on the site of Ram Janmabhoomi, the supposed birthplace of Rama, a main deity in Hinduism. The construction of the temple is overseen by Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra. The groundbreaking ceremony was carried out on August 5, 2020 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The much-awaited Ram Temple in Ayodhya will open for devotees by 2023, a recent review meeting on its construction concluded as saying. The meet was attended by treasurer of the Ram Mandir Trust Swami Govinddev Giri, General Secretary Champat Rai, members Vimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra and Anil Mishra. A release issued post the meeting noted that the construction work of Ram Temple is proceeding as per schedule, and that the plan to enable devotees to have darshan of Lord Shri Ram by the year 2023 seems “within reach”.
The original design of the Ram temple was prepared in 1988 by the Sompura family from Ahmedabad. A new design, with some modifications from the original, was prepared by the Sompuras in 2020, in accordance with the vastu shastra and the shilpa shastras. The temple will be 235 feet wide, 360 feet long, and 161 feet high. When completed, the temple complex will be the third largest Hindu shrine in the world. It is designed in the Gujara-Chaulukya style of temple architecture in North India. A model of the proposed temple was presented during the Prayag Kumbh Mela in 2019.
The main structure of the temple will be built on an elevated platform and will have three floors. He will have five mandapas in the middle of the garbhagriha and the entrance – the three mandapas Kudu, Nritya and Rang; and two mandapas for Kirtan and Prathana on the other side. In the Nagara style, mandapas are to be decorated with shikhara. The greater Shikhara will be the one above the Garbhagriha. The building will have a total of 366 columns. The columns will each have 16 idols to include the incarnations of Shiva, the Dashavataras, the chausath joginis and the 12 incarnations of the goddess Saraswati. The width of the stairs will be 16 feet. In accordance with the scriptures devoted to the design of the temples dedicated to Vishnu, the sanctum sanctorum will be octagonal. The temple will be built on 10 acres and 57 acres of land will be developed into a complex with a prayer hall, conference hall, educational facility and other facilities like a museum and cafeteria.
Bhoomi Poojan Ceremony
Construction of the temple officially resumed after a Bhoomi Poojan ceremony on August 5, 2020. Three-day Vedic rituals were held before the groundbreaking ceremony, which revolved around the installation of a silver brick from 40 kg as a foundation stone by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. On the occasion of Bhoomi-Pooja, earth and holy water from several religious places across India, Triveni Sangam from the Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati rivers to Prayagraj, the Kaveri river to Talakaveri, the Kamakhya temple to Assam and many others were collected. Earth was also sent from various Hindu temples, Gurudwaras and Jain Temples across the country to bless the coming temple. Among the many was Sharada Peeth located in Pakistan. Earth was also sent from Char Dham’s four pilgrimage sites. Temples in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands hosted a virtual service to celebrate the occasion. Rama’s image was displayed in Times Square. The 7,000 temples within a 7 km radius of Hanumangarhi were also invited to join in the celebrations by lighting Diyas.