Temple architecture

Ram Temple construction progressing at a steady pace, trust aims to open in early 2024

Construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is being undertaken at a steady pace, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Trust said in its latest progress report. The ground floor of garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum) will be completed by December 2023, the trust announced last week. The remaining works will be completed by December 2024. The temple is expected to open to the public in early 2024, the trust said.

“The work to raise the base/pedestal of the temple began on January 24, 2022, and is still ongoing…” the trust said in the latest report. “Granite stone blocks from Karnataka and Telangana are used to increase the height of the plinth. A block is five meters long, 2.5 feet wide and 3 feet high. Approximately 17,000 granite blocks will be used in this plinth work. Work to raise the plinths can be completed by the end of September 2022.”

The construction of the temple is based on the plans of the chief architect Chandrakant Sompura, assisted by his sons Nikhil and Ashish. The architects have made some modifications to the original design, also designed by the family and dating from 1988, in accordance with the Shilpa Shastrathe sand vast shastra. The design is based on the Gujara-Chaulukya style of North Indian temple architecture.

The temple will be 360 ​​feet long, 235 feet wide, and 161 feet high. When completed, the temple complex will be the third largest Hindu shrine in the world after Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

The trust also said installation of sculpted sandstone would begin shortly at and around the sanctum sanctorum.

“The plinth work and the installation of the carved stones will continue simultaneously…About 4.70 lakh cubic feet of carved stones will be used in the Mandir,” the report reads.

The construction committee meets with engineers and architects for two to three days every month under the chairmanship of Nripendra Mishra to discuss construction details, the trust said.