Top 15 interesting facts about Ram Mandir in Ayodhya:

Top 15 interesting facts about Ram Mandir in Ayodhya:

Bhoomi Pujan: 

The Bhoomi Pujan for the construction of the Ram Temple took place on August 5, 2020. The ceremony marked the formal beginning of the construction process.

Pran Pratishtha: 

The Pran Pratishtha took place today (January 22, 2024) which marked a watershed movement for one of the oldest religions in the world, bringing down curtains on a 500-year quest for a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

Here are 15 interesting facts about the newly-built Ayodhya temple:

1: The 3-storey Mandir is built in the traditional Nagara style Pink sandstone from Mirzapur and the hills of Bansi-Paharpur area in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan have been used in the construction of the temple.

2. The main temple area spans 2.67 acre. The temple has 390 pillars, 46 doorways, and 5 mandaps.

3. It has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 1,800 crore and has an overall area of 71 acres. The total width is 250 feet and the height is 161 feet.

4. Devotees will enter the temple after climbing 32 steps, scaling a height of 16.11 ft from the ground before entering through Singh Dwar.

5. There are ramps and lifts for disabled and elderly persons

6. The mandir complex will also have temples dedicated to Maharshi Valmiki, Maharshi Vashishtha, Maharshi Vishwamitra, Maharshi Agastya, Nishad Raj, Mata Shabri, among others, in subsequent phases.

7. In the main Garbh Griha (sanctum sanctorum, photo below), there are idols of Ram Lalla. The temple also has multiple mandaps, including Rang Mandap & Nritya Mandap.

8. The sanctum sanctorum and five mandaps are on the ground floor. Ram Darbar will be on the first floor. Plans are still not final for the second floor.

9. For protection against ground moisture, a 21-foot-high plinth has been constructed using granite.

10. A Pilgrim Facility Centre (PFC) with a capacity of 25,000 people is being constructed. It will provide medical & locker facilities to pilgrims.

11. Future-ready artificial intelligence (AI) surveillance is likely to be introduced for the security of Ram Mandir. Pilgrim footfall is expected to increase sizeably after the consecration ceremony.

12. 16-28 idols of deities adorn each of the 390 pillars. The walls will also have carvings of mythological figures. 

Each pillar is being carved exclusively by one artisan to maintain consistency. Workers from Odisha are doing carving work on the pillars while artisans from Rajasthan are working on marble flooring and walls.

13. No iron has been used in the construction of the temple. The temple is built to last at least 1,000 years.

14. The temple is surrounded by a rectangular parikrama called Parkota. Four temples stand on the periphery of the Parkota, of Goddess Bhagwati, Lord Shiva, Lord Surya & Lord Ganesha. A temple to Lord Hanuman is on the southern arm and one to Maa Annapurna on the northern arm.

15. Mysuru sculptor Arun Yogiraj crafted the idol of five-year-old Ram Lalla, now installed in the ‘Garbh Griha’. The idol is 51 inches tall.

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