Updated January 6th, 2024 at 13:20 IST
Ayodhya Ram Mandir: All you need to know about the temple’s Nagara style architecture
Ayodhya Ram Mandir has been built in Nagara style architecture. Here is all you need to know about it.
The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Ayodhya is all set to be inaugurated on January 22 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries. It will be open for devotees from January 24. The consecration ceremony, which is known as pran-pratishtha, will involve the installation of the idol of Ram Lalla in the sanctum-sanctorum of the temple. The temple comes as a testament to Ancient India’s rich cultural heritage and this is what is being shown in its architectural style.
All about Nagara architecture style
The temple has been designed in traditional Nagara architectural style. Temples made in this style are known for their towering shikharas, intricate carvings and symbolic representations. In this style, the temples are built with stone or brick on a square or rectangular plane with shikhara located in the center. The temple is also surrounded by small towers called Mukha Mandapa.
The Nagara style originated around the 5th century AD. It is not confined to a specific period as it has always evolved as per the times. This particular temple style flourished in the Gupta dynasty.
The word nagara means ‘city’. There are famous temples made in this style which are mostly located around bustling city centres like the Sun Temple in Odisha’s Konark. This gives us a glimpse to the urban influence of this style.
It displays a blend of indigenous as well as influences from central Asia.
The temple will be a three-story structure with each floor having a height of 20 feet. It will comprise a total of 392 pillars and 44 gates.The main sanctum will include a child form of Lord Shri Ram. The first floor will feature Shri Ram Darbar. Entry to the temple will be from the east side, climbing 32 stairs from Singhdwar.
Published January 6th, 2024 at 13:20 IST