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Ram trust’s idea of increasing temple size worries architect

Trying to assuage Chandrakant Sompura, the original architect, trust chairman Mahant Nrityagopal Das said 'people's sentiments will be respected'

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The first meeting of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra Trust took place in Delhi on Wednesday. In this meeting, Mahant Nrityagopal Das was elected the chairman of the trust, while VHP leader Champat Rai was made the general secretary.

Nripendra Mishra, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was appointed chairman of the Building Construction Committee, while Govind Giri has been given the responsibility of the treasurer.

The new chairman of the trust, Mahant Das, said that the model of the Ram temple will remain the same, but to make it even higher and wider, some changes will be made in the format.

The time to begin the construction of the Ram temple has not been decided yet. Trust officials will meet again in Ayodhya after 15 days. Only after that will the date of construction of Ram temple be decided.

According to the proposed model, the Ram temple is to be built on a 2.75 lakh cu m area comprising two floors. Its length will be 270 m, width 140 ft and height 128 ft. The temple, with 330 beams and 106-106 on both floors (a total of 212 pillars), will have five doors.

The temple is to be constructed in five parts — Garbhagriha, Kauli, Rang Mandap, Nritya Mandap and Singh Gate. The main gate of the temple will be constructed using white marble of Makrana.

A cell of 16.3 feet will be constructed just above the sanctum sanctorum, on which a 65.3 feet high peak will be constructed.

Chandrakant Sompura had designed this model in 1987 at the behest of VHP international president Ashok Singhal. According to the temple architectural art described in the Vedas, Rangmandap, Bhoga Mandapa and high artistic peak are planned above the sanctum sanctorum.

According to Sompura, skilled craftsmen of the country have worked hard all day in the red, almonds and white stones of Bansi Paharpur. Changing the model and design will waste 30 years of tireless work of these craftsmen. “It will also take extra time to carve the stone on the new design. This design is not only in the eyes of the generations of India but also in the mind and dreams of the people,” he said.

The new chairman of the trust has indicated changes in the format to make the temple higher and wider. However, he has clearly stated that the model of Ram temple will remain the same.

The differences between the new and the old model are in the height and width of the temple, keeping the shape intact. Mahant Das said, “People’s feelings will be respected and the temple will be constructed as soon as possible.”

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