The Ram temple in Ayodhya will be earthquake-resistant and strong enough to withstand over 1,000 years and it would be ready for worshipers by January 2024. According to temple trust members, the temple is being built without the use of iron bars, instead, copper chips are being utilised to link stones instead of iron. The temple will feature 392 pillars and 12 entrances to withstand earthquakes. There will be five temples across the site.
Trust general secretary Champat Rai stated that 50 percent of the temple’s building work has been finished and that overall development is good. “We are pleased with the pace and quality of the work,” Rai remarked.
According to Rai, the temple would be available to worshipers in January 2024 following the installation of Ram Lalla statues in the Sanctum Sanctorum of the shrine during the Makar Sankranti festival. The Sanctum Sanctorum already has almost 500 massive stones.
The temple is under construction after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone on August 5, 2020. According to Rai, the main temple would measure 350×250 feet in size. A study is being conducted to analyse the impact of foot traffic on the five-kilometer region surrounding the temple once it is accessible to worshippers from all over the world.
The Sanctum Sanctorum will contain 160 pillars, with 82 on the first floor. The edifice would feature 12 teak wood entry gates in all, with a grand main entrance, the ‘Singh Dwar,’ leading pilgrims to the temple.
Granite stones are being utilised in the building of the temple, which spans 2.7 acres. Stones are being transported from Sirohi, Rajasthan. On the other side, antique stones taken from the Ram Temple movement and etched in the workshop here are also being utilised.
According to project manager Jagdish Aphale, when the PM questioned about the usage of granite in the temple during his site visit on October 23, he was informed that it would be completely water-proof and would prevent harm to the sanctum sanctorum for the next 1,000 years.
He further stated that, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, the sanctum sanctorum was built in such a way that the sun rays fell on Ram Lalla’s statue on Ram Navami. The Prime Minister said he’d come to see that sight. There will be five temples on the temple grounds, including Panchdev Temple, Surya Dev Temple, and Vishnu Devta Temple.
The Singh Dwar will be built on the first floor’s faade, leading to the dance, colour, and esoteric pavilions. The temple would cost 1,800 crore to build. The temple’s first floor will be completed by December 2023. Around four hundred pillars will be constructed in the Ram temple. Earthquake-resistant technology has been used in the construction of the temple. The Ram Mandir is being built on a land spread across 2.77 acres and the estimated construction cost of the grand temple is around Rs. 1800 crore.