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The new idol of Ram Lalla was placed inside Ayodhya Ram Mandir ahead of the ‘pran pratishtha’ or consecration ceremony on 22 January. The first photo of the Ram Lalla idol – was shared by Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje.
Facts about Ayodhya Ram Mandir
The highly anticipated consecration ceremony of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir is set to take place on January 22, 2024, marking a historic moment in the history of India. The temple, dedicated to Lord Ram, has not only become a symbol of faith and cultural heritage but is also a remarkable blend of traditional Indian architecture and cutting-edge scientific engineering.
The journey towards the grand inauguration began with the placement of the new idol of Ram Lalla inside the temple, a momentous occasion that was shared with the public through a photo released by Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje. The meticulous rituals for the temple consecration, initiated on January 12, are being led by a team of priests, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to perform the crucial “Pran Pratistha” puja on the auspicious day.
The temple, designed by Chandrakant Sompura, a master architect with a heritage spanning 15 generations, follows the Nagar Shaily, representing the northern Indian temple designs. According to Sompura, the Shri Ram Temple is a splendid creation rarely seen anywhere on Earth, making it an iconic structure that will endure for more than a thousand years.
What makes the temple even more extraordinary is the marriage of traditional craftsmanship with modern scientific expertise. Shri Nripendra Misra, chairperson of the temple construction committee, highlighted the contribution of top Indian scientists and even ISRO technologies in ensuring the longevity and stability of the structure.
One significant challenge the construction faced was the sandy and unstable ground beneath the temple due to the proximity of the Sarayu River. However, ingenious solutions were devised by the scientists involved. The entire temple area’s soil was excavated to a depth of 15 meters, and an engineered soil was laid, compacted to create a solid rock-like foundation. A metal-free concrete raft and a plinth of solid granite stone were then added to strengthen the foundation.
The Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) has played a crucial role in the project, contributing to the structural design, the ‘Surya Tilak’ mechanism, foundation design vetting, and structural health monitoring of the main temple. The chosen design, preserving the Nagara style of architecture, ensures both performance and architectural integrity, with modifications enhancing the structure’s strength against earthquakes.
Features of Ayodhya Ram Mandir
- Ayodhya Ram temple has been built in the Nagara style of Indian temple architecture.
- The temple is three-storied, with each floor 20 feet tall.
- The length of a temple is 380 feet, width is 250 feet, and it has a height of 161 feet.
- Five Mandaps (Hall)
- Nritya Mandap,
- Rang Mandap,
- Sabha Mandap,
- Kirtan Mandaps
- Entry in the temple is from the east through the Singh Dwar.
The Ayodhya Ram Mandir holds immense significance, not just as a religious landmark but also as an economic driver. The development of Ayodhya as a major religious and cultural center is expected to create jobs and stimulate economic growth, attracting millions of devotees from India and around the world.
As the country eagerly awaits the grand inauguration on January 22, the Ayodhya Ram Mandir stands as a testament to India’s rich cultural heritage, scientific prowess, and the spirit of unity and faith that binds the nation together. It is more than a temple; it is a living symbol of the enduring legacy of Lord Ram and the cultural tapestry of India.