1 Jan 2024

How Ayodhya Ram Mandir compound showcases a strong commitment to environmental sustainability?

The majority of the Ram Mandir compound in Ayodhya has been designated as a green area, featuring hundreds of trees, showcasing a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. The temple complex itself is designed to be "atmanirbhar" or self-reliant, incorporating facilities such as sewage and water treatment plants, a fire brigade post, and a dedicated power line.

The expansive green area includes densely wooded sections, some so thick that sunlight barely penetrates. Approximately 600 existing trees have been preserved in this green belt.

In a recent media presentation, the temple trust emphasized the self-sufficiency of the complex, ensuring it places no burden on the sewage or drainage system of the Ayodhya municipal body.

The first phase of the temple's construction is nearing completion, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to participate in the consecration ceremony of the Ram Lalla idol, known as "pran pratishtha," on January 22.

A panoramic representation of the upcoming temple, showcasing the envisioned structure, is prominently featured in the lobby of the trust's office.

Design of Ram Mandir

Champat Rai, the general secretary of the Ram temple trust, outlined the architectural features of the temple, revealing that the entrance will be situated on the east side, with the exit on the south side. The entire superstructure is designed to be three storeys high—G+2.

To reach the main temple, visitors will ascend 32 steps from the eastern side. Constructed in the traditional Nagara style, the temple boasts dimensions of 380 feet in length (east-west direction), 250 feet in width, and a height of 161 feet.

Each floor of the temple will have a height of 20 feet, featuring a total of 392 pillars and 44 gates. A distinctive feature is the rectangular periphery called ‘percota,’ a characteristic more commonly found in South Indian temples than those in the north, adding a unique touch to the grand design.

The ‘percota’ will have a width of 14 feet, spanning a substantial 732 meters, according to Rai.

The four corners of this ‘percota’ will be dedicated to Sun God, Maa Bhagwati, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Shiva. Additionally, a shrine dedicated to Maa Annapurna will be erected on the northern side, while the southern side will house a shrine for Lord Hanuman, as per Rai’s statement.

Within the complex, plans include seven other shrines devoted to Maharshi Valmiki, Maharshi Vashisht, Maharshi Vishwamitra, Maharshi Agastya, Nishad Raj, Mata Shabri, and Devi Ahilya—all integral figures associated with Lord Ram’s life.

An idol of Jatayu has been installed at Ayodhya’s Kuber Tila, and Rai mentioned the revitalization of an ancient Shiva temple existing on Kuber Tila.

During a visit to the construction site, it was observed that laborers were diligently chiseling stone slabs, putting the finishing touches in preparation for the upcoming consecration ceremony.

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