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'No design or construction issue': Ram Temple's Construction Committee's Chairman on water leakage row

Acharya Satyendra Das said there was heavy leakage from the roof of the temple's sanctum sanctorum in the first heavy showers that occurred at midnight on Saturday. Rainwater was leaking from the roof directly above the place where the priest sits in front of Ram Lalla's idol.

Edited By: Anurag Roushan @Candid_Tilaiyan Ayodhya Updated on: June 25, 2024 19:26 IST
Ram Temple water leakage row
Image Source : PTI The Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Nripendra Mishra, who serves as the Chairman of the Ram Mandir Construction Committee, addressed concerns regarding water leakage at the Ram temple in Ayodhya. He explained that the occurrence of water leakage was anticipated, given that the 'Guru Mandap' is an open structure exposed to the elements. Mishra emphasised that the temple's design and construction are sound, dismissing any allegations of structural flaws. He pointed out that the open design of the Mandaps allows for rainwater to enter, which was a point of contention. However, the decision to maintain this open design was deliberate, aligning with traditional Nagar architectural principles.

What did Ram Mandir Construction Committee's Chairman say? 

"There is no drainage in the Sanctum Santorum because all the Mandaps have measured slope for clearance of water and the water in Sanctum Santorum is manually absorbed. Moreover, the devotees are not performing Abhishek on the deity," he added. "I am in Ayodhya. I saw the rainwater dropping from the first floor. This is expected because Guru Mandap is exposed to the sky as the second floor and completion of Shikhar will cover this opening. I also saw some seepage from the conduit as this work on the first floor is in progress. On completion, the conduit will be closed," Mishra added. 

 What Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple's chief priest said?

Meanwhile, Acharya Satyendra Das, the chief priest of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, has emphasised the urgency of addressing water leakage issues to ensure uninterrupted darshan and puja during the monsoon season. He expressed concern that during the first rainfall, water had already filled the interior of the temple. Das also pointed out that if there were any oversights during the construction phase leading to water entering the temple, they should have been addressed beforehand. It is very important. One thing is there is no way to drain water and on the other side water keeps leaking from the top. A solution has to be found very soon or when the monsoon starts the pujas and darshan will be affected," Acharya Satyendra Das told the media. 

About construction of Ram temple

According to the Ram Mandir Trust, the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir is constructed in the traditional Nagara style. Its length (east-west) is 380 feet; width is 250 feet and height is 161 feet; and is supported by a total of 392 pillars and 44 doors. The pillars and walls of the temple showcase intricately sculpted depictions of Hindu deities, Gods, and Goddesses. In the main sanctum sanctorum on the ground floor, the childhood form of Bhagwan Shri Ram (the idol of Shri Ramlalla) has been placed.

(With inputs from ANI)

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