The inauguration of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is currently the biggest religious event in the country. Special efforts are being made to make this one of the biggest and most popular events by garnering mass attention. The entire country is gearing up for the Ayodhya Ram Mandir inauguration on 22nd January 2024. Devotees or Ram Bhakts from all over the country are eager to visit Ayodhya for this special event. Flights to Ayodhya are seeing a surge, as well as, hotels in Ayodhya, are seeing high demand.
The mega event being only a few days away, here are some interesting facts you would want to know about this upcoming Hindu Temple- Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir.
Ayodhya Ram Mandir Will Be India’s Largest Temple
The under-construction Hindu Temple of Ram in Ayodhya is going to be the largest temple in India, simply based on its design structure. Revealing the architectural plans, designed almost 30 years ago by the Sompura family, Chandrakant Sompura revealed that the temple is expected to stand at a height of approximately 161 ft rather than the previously decided 14 ft. The temple will cover an expansive area of 28,000 sq. ft.
Know the Architect Family
The temple is being constructed by a well-revered architect family, the illustrious Sompura family. Led by chief architect Chandrakant Sompura and supported by his sons Ashish and Nikhil. Holding a legacy in temple architecture, this family is known to have built more than 100 temples worldwide.
Laying a Sacred Foundation
To contribute to the sacredness and spiritual significance of the Hindu temple, sacred soil from 2587 places from all over have been brought into Ayodhya to build the sacred foundation. Some of these places are other notable holy places like Jhansi, Bithoori, Haldighati, Yamunotri, Chittorgarh, Golden Temple, etc.
Traditional Craftsmanship for Temple Construction
The entire Ayodhya temple is built out of elements like stones, copper, white cement and wood rather than steel and iron. This is an ode to traditional style craftsmanship for this historic temple of Lord Rama. It is said that stones from the Bansi Mountains, which are known for their strength and longevity, will be used for Ram Mandir construction.
‘Sri Ram’ Bricks for Construction
To honour the sanctity of Lord Rama’s legacy, bricks bearing the inscription ‘Sri Ram’ will be used in constructing the mandir which is located on the site of Ram Janmabhoomi, the hypothesised birthplace of Lord Rama. As per legends, Ram Shilas were used to build the Ram Setu, said to be providing strength and durability to this construction.
International Spiritual Camaraderie
As a symbol of universal reverberance and international oneness for religion, soil from Thailand has been sent for the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla on January 22, 2024. This is a testament to Ram Lalla’s legacy transcending beyond geographical boundaries.
Architectural Grandeur and Heritage
Special efforts have been taken to encapsulate both the teachings of Lord Ram and India’s cultures, arts and traditions in one place. Indian heritage will be clearly reflected in the temple’s construction. Even the unique architecture of the two-storey temple will narrate the life events of Lord Ram on the ground floor with Madhubani paintings depicting ten major life events of his life. On the first floor, you will find the exquisite ‘Ram Darbaar’, made from pink sandstone from Rajasthan’s Bharatpur. The entire Ayodhya Ram Mandir will span three floors with 12 gates and five dome-shaped mandaps. The temple will have 360 pillars of Nagar style to contribute to the visual appeal of this Hindu temple.
Preserving For Eternity with Time Capsule
One of the interesting facts about Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is that a time capsule will be buried 2,000 ft. deep in the ground below the temple. This is one way to preserve the cultural heritage and safeguard the religious identity of the Ayodhya temple. The time capsule will include a copper plate with inscriptions of information about the Ram Mandir.
Holy Water from the Holy Rivers
One of the many Ram Mandir facts states that holy water from more than 150 holy rivers across India was brought in for the 5th consecration ceremony in August 2023.
Apart from the Ram Mandir, there are several places to visit in Ayodhya that you can add to your Ayodhya Tour Packages. Visit Ram Janmabhoomi, Hanuman Garhi, Kanak Bhawan, Treta ke Thakur, Gulab Bari, Nageshwar Nath Temple, Sarayu River, etc.
The entire city of Ayodhya is one hotspot of religion, spirituality and divinity. Even the Ayodhya Ram Mandir is going to be one iconic landmark in India Tour Packages for years to come.
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