Ayodhya Ram Mandir: No worries about earthquake..!?

Sowmiya Sriram
Ayodhya ram Mandir: No worries about earthquake..!?
The newly constructed ram temple in ayodhya has many special features. The temple did not need any repairs for 1,000 years. The foundations were built strong enough to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 6.5. The construction of the ram Mandir started four years ago when the supreme court cleared the line for the construction of the ram Mandir at ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. Currently, the first phase of this project is almost ready. The temple was designed as a Nagara-style temple by a team led by renowned architect Chandrakant Bhai Chompura. The temple is mainly built of pink-colored sandstone. The marble was brought from Bansi-Baharpur, Mirzapur, Rajasthan. 17,000 granite stones weighing 2 tons each were used.
 Sampathrai, general secretary of Sri Rama Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust, said that 21 lakh cubic feet of granite, sandstone, and marble have been used in the construction of the temple so far. According to the advice of experts, iron and ordinary cement were not used in the construction of the temple. He said that after consulting with IIT, Chennai, they laid foundations 12m deep. The soil used to fill the foundation turns into stone in 28 days. We used such soil. A total of 47 floors are laid in the basement. Roy said that the temple was built to last at least 1,000 years without needing any repairs. The foundations of the temple have been built strong enough to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 6.5. A flight of 32 steps 16.5 feet high leads from Singhdwar to the temple. Interestingly, during the 1992 'Sheela Dhan'..and then the donated bricks..stones brought to Karasevakapuram in ayodhya for carving by the vishwa Hindu Parishad in the last three decades were used in the construction of the temple.
Narendra Mishra, chairman of the construction team, has set a deadline of december 15 to complete the first phase - the ground floor, which houses the sanctum. The second phase, first, and second floors, all murals, iconographic works, lower plinths, and carvings on around 360 massive pillars will be completed by december 2024. ram Durbar is on the first floor. 30 figures are carved for each pillar.
Seven temples maharshi Valmiki, Vishwamitra, Nishad, and Shabri will be built outside the barkota (outer wall) next year. In the third phase, an area of 71 acres including Barkota has auditoriums, bronze frescoes, temples of Saptarishis, etc. It will be completed by december 2025. Ahead of the january 22 Kumbabhishekam ceremony, the temple trust will select one of the three idols of the child Rama secretly made at three different locations in Ayodhya. The selected idol will be installed in the sanctum sanctorum in the presence of prime minister Narendra Modi and will be given darshan to the public after the morning of january 27. prime minister Modi's former principal secretary Mishra said that three sculptors were invited to ayodhya with their chosen material to carve idols of Lord Ram. One brought white Makrana marble, while the other two brought gray stone known as krishna Sheela from Karnataka.
All the stones brought for the idols were tested at the National Institute of Rock Mechanics, Govt. Only then did the sculptors begin work. Three idols, 51 inches tall. Child Rama has a bow and arrow in his hand. Experts say that the height of each idol along with the pedestal is about 7 feet, and devotees should have darshan from a distance of 25 feet. Another optical highlight of the temple is the system set up so that sunlight falls on the forehead of the idol at 12 noon every Rama Navami. It was developed by the Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, and Astrophysical Institute, Pune.

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