- PM Modi had laid the foundation stone for the grand Hindu temple in Ayodhya on August 5, 2020
- The plinth or the pedestal raising work of temple is underway, the temple Trust informed
- By December 2023, the temple's sanctum sanctorum would be ready for worship
Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra (SRJBTK) has said that the construction of the Ram Mandir, which began on August 5, 2020, in Ayodhya, is in full swing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the grand Hindu temple in Ayodhya.
A progress report of the temple was shared by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra (SRJBTK), the authority in charge of Ram Mandir's operations and supervising the temple's construction.
According to the report, the foundation has been laid, and the plinth or the pedestal raising work, which began on January 24 this year, is still going on. By December 2023, the temple's sanctum sanctorum which will have the Ram Lalla idol, would be ready for worship.
"The plinth is raised using granite stone blocks from Karnataka and Telangana. The installation of carved sandstones around the sanctum sanctorum will also commence soon. The Mandir will be built from pink sandstone from the hills of the Bansi-Paharpur region in Rajasthan's Bharatpur district. About 17,000 granite blocks will be used in the plinth work", stated the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust.
The construction work for the temple's 'garbha griha' will begin on June 1.
By December 2023, the temple's lower floor, which will house the sanctum sanctorum and a Ram Lalla idol, would be ready for worship, added the temple authority.
White marble from Rajasthan's Makrana hills will be used in Mandir's Sanctum Sanctorum (Garbhgrih).
"Some of Makrana White Marble is in full progress and some of these carved marbles have started reaching Ayodhya", added the temple authority.
Engineers and architects join for Ram Mandir construction
The dimension of the Ram Temple will be -- length on the ground floor in the east-west direction-380 ft; width on the ground floor in the north-south direction-250 ft; the height of the Shikhar (Pinnacle) from the ground at Garbhgrih (sanctum)- 181 ft.
According to the Trust, usually every month, the construction committee, along with the engineers and architects, meets for two to three days under the chairmanship of former IAS Nripendra Mishra and discusses very minutely each and every detail. CB Sampura is the architect of the temple nad Parkota while Jay Kaktikar is the architect of the rest of the area, informed the Mandir authority.
Larsen & Toubro is the main contractor for the construction of the temple and the ramparts, while Tata Consulting Engineers has been hired as the project management consultant.
Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust in January had released a 3D animation film showing the process of the ongoing construction work of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
According to the trust, the devotees will be able to come to the temple to offer prayers from December 2023. The construction work of the temple will continue and will be completed by 2025.
(With inputs from ANI)