The ever famous Ram Mandir is a Hindu temple located in the holy city of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. It is believed to be at the site of ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’, the birthplace of Lord Rama. The construction will be initiated by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has recently performed the Bhoomi Poojan ceremony in August 2020.
In 1988, the Sonpura Family of Ahmedabad first laid down the original design of the temple structure. The central architect of the design is Chandrakant Sompura, assisted by his two sons, Nikhil Sompura and Ashish Sompura. In 2020, a new design was again prepared by the Sompuras, with a few minor changes in it. The temple will be around 235 ft wide, 360 ft long and 161 ft high, all according to vastu and shilpa shastra. Records state that once it is completed, it will be the world’s third highest Hindu shrine.
The central structure will be a massive one which will be built on a raised platform, comprising of 3 storeys. It will also accommodate 5 mandapas in the main garbhagriha of the shrine. The tallest shikara among all will be above the garbhagriha. In total, the building will witness 336 columns and all the columns will have 16 idols each, which will include the incarnation of Shiva, the the Dashavataras, the chausath joginis, and the 12 incarnations of the goddess Saraswati.
Nationwide Crowdfunding and Outreach
The General Secratary of the temple trust, Champat Rai announced that the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will be built using the domestic fund collected. The fund will be accumulated from the general mass as the trust doesn’t have the required funds for construction. Further adding to his remark, Rai told the temple would take the form of a
The Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Shetra is going to start the mass donation drive across the country. Rai also addressed the media and indicated that photographs of the replica will be circulated all over India.
Voluntary donations from Rambhakts (devotees of Lord Ram) will be accepted for which coupons of ₹ 10, ₹ 100 and ₹ 1,000 will be made available. In order to maintain transparency in the financial dealings and transactions, the trust has printed 4 crore coupons of ₹ 10 denomination, 8 crore coupons of ₹ 100 and 12 lakhs coupons of ₹ 1,000 denomination, he said.
Rai also highlighted that no foreign funding will be collected for the construction of the temple. ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ is all that the whole country seek for and they will too. The trust also doesn’t have necessary approvals, while CSR funds can be considered for adjoining buildings of the temple.
He further denoted that no fixed target has been decided for collecting the sum. Through this campaign, the public will be made aware of India’s enriching history and the significance of Ram Janmabhoomi.
₹1,100 crore Ram Mandir project: Trust Officials
The construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is estimated to be ₹1,100 crore. It is to be completed in 3 and a half years from now. Swami Govind Dev Giriji Maharaj, treasurer, Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, told the media that structural experts and engineers are drawing up a plan for foundation of the temple.
He also addressed a press conference for the same. There he stated that the cost of construction of main Ram Mandir is ₹300-400 crores. The entire premises will take the cost to a total of ₹1,100 crores. “But, these are all estimation that we need to raise, he added.
“The construction of the temple has started and experts from IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Guwahati, Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, and special engineers from L&T and Tata groups are deliberating on drawing up a plan for strong foundation of the complex.” Giriji Maharaj further remarked.
Reports state that the trust has received more than ₹100 crore through the online donations till now. It has also announced the launch of a mass fund collection drive. The Vidarbha regional office for collection of donations was opened in the city a few days ago
“Besides, we will be reaching out to 4 lakh villages and 11 crore families so that all sections of the society can participate in this initiative.” Giriji Maharaj said.