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Updated December 27th, 2023 at 18:59 IST

Vashishtha to Vishwamitra: 8 more temples to grace Ram Mandir premises

Positioned at the cardinal points of the main temple, devoted structures will be dedicated to Lord Sun, Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, and the divine Bhagwati Devi.

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Ayodhya: In addition to the main Ram mandir, a total of 8 additional temples will grace the sacred grounds of the Temple Complex. Positioned at the cardinal points of the main temple, devoted structures will be dedicated to Lord Sun, Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, and the divine Bhagwati Devi.

Furthermore, slightly removed from the central temple, a cluster of spiritually significant edifices will be erected, each honouring revered figures. Among these, the Maharshi Valmiki temple, Maharshi Vashishtha temple, Maharshi Vishwamitra temple, and Maharshi Agastya temple will stand as a testament to ancient wisdom. Additionally, the spiritual ambience will be enriched by the presence of the Shabri temple, Ahilya temple, and Jatayu temple. 

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Together, these planned temples will form an integral part of the expansive 'Temple Complex' adjacent to the main mandir, offering devotees a multifaceted sanctuary for their religious reverence and spiritual contemplation.  

Parikrama wall

Another special feature of the temple is the ‘Parikrama wall’ that will be constructed around the premises of the entire temple. “This is a feature not quite inculcated in most temples of the north. But Lord Ram was in the north and in the south as well. We will inculcate the parikrama of 732 meters of the running length, it will be 14 feet wide and will have two storeys. The rooms inside the Parkotta will also be used for workshops and other works for the temple,” said Jagdish Aphale, trust member, project in-charge.

There will also be a provision made for 25,000 devotees to be on the premises at a time so that they can be accommodated at the same time. “We are also making a zero waste premise where the premises will have its very own sewage disposal system,” said Ankur Jain, site in charge, L&T. Speaking about the enthusiasm of the workers, he also said, “there was a period of a few weeks when there was a flood-like situation in 2021, but the we continued the construction,” Jain told Republic TV.

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There are at least three sculptors who have been given the work of making the idol of Lord Ram. “We will select the idols based on two things divinity and innocence because it is Ram Lalla,” said Champat Rai.

Meanwhile, in a series of recent announcements from the Ram Temple project, notable enhancements have been introduced. Preceding the main construction, a substantial 50 feet deep foundation has been established. This foundation comprises 53 layers of rolled-pressed sand, fly ash, and various other layers, omitting the use of Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC). Champat Rai, the general secretary of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Seva Kshetra, highlighted the comprehensive approach to this foundational feat, involving experts from across the country. Their collaborative analysis and brainstorming sessions ensured the foundation's integrity, notable for its exclusion of any steel or iron components.
 

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Published December 27th, 2023 at 18:59 IST

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