Uttar Pradesh: Ayodhya temple committee chairman Nripendra Misra in a big statement on the inauguration of Ram Mandir on Wednesday said that pilgrims can see Lord Ram in his child form before January 26, 2024.
In his statement, Nripendra Misra said, "People want to know when would the temple be completed, their dream have come true. The temple is a reality."
"The temple will be completed in two parts, the first part - Phase 1 will be completed by December 2023. It will be the ground floor of the temple which is about 2.6 acres of land. The ground floor has five mandaps, starting with the sanctum-sanctorum, where the deity would be installed... There are 160 pillars on the ground floor, and each pillar has 25 iconographical works of different forms," Misra said.
"The work on the lower plinth, which tells Ram Khatha, that is based on carving on the stone, and is taken from Valmiki Ramayan, is about 50 per cent complete," the Ayodhya temple committee chairperson said.
Speaking on devotees' capacity in the Ram Mandir, Misra said, "Our present estimates say that if the temple is open for 12 hours, about 75,000 devotees can have darshan easily, which means a devotee can have Ram Lalla's darshan for not more than a minute... if there is a crowd of 1.25 lakh, which we are expecting in the early days, then the period for darshan would be reduced to about 20 seconds."
Ayodhya temple committee chief on PM Modi's closeness to Ram Mandir
On PM Modi's closeness to the Ram Mandir, Nripendra Misra said, "PM Modi believes that this temple must become a reality because he sees this as a part of his cultural evolution of this country. He sees this as a part of a treasure of the civilisation of this country, of the faith of this country. It was his expectation that the communities would dissolve between themselves, amongst themselves, and a temple would come out and he, obviously, was extremely satisfied when the judicial pronouncement came."
Further speaking about Ram Mandir, Misra said, "PM Modi, by nature, entrusts the responsibilities of all projects... so this temple was entrusted to trust. The trust was formed as per Supreme Court's judgment, and there's no government in this trust. There's no government money in this trust. In this 71 acres of area, not a single penny is being spent from tax payer's money... It's all coming from people's participation... from lakhs and lakhs of people who participated and contributed money as donations for the temple."
"Prime Minister is interested in knowing the progress and he is extremely conscious to know if there is any problem in the construction of the temple. As far as the work is concerned, it is only given to trust, and the trust is doing it," Nripendra Misra further said.