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Five Domes, Double the Size: Architect Says Ayodhya Temple to be Bigger, Grander than Initially Planned

Devotees have a look at a mannequin of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya. (Reuters)

“The design of the temple was modified after the Supreme Court verdict. Now it will likely be virtually double the scale
of what was initially deliberate,” architect Chandrakant Sompura, who has designed it, stated.

  • PTI
  • Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 11:10 AM IST

The proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya might be virtually double the scale of what was initially deliberate as its design was modified following the Supreme Court verdict final yr, its architect stated on Friday.

The temple, to be constructed in Nagara type of structure, may have 5 domes as an alternative of two as envisaged earlier to accommodate extra variety of devotees, the architect stated.

According to him, the undertaking is more likely to be accomplished within the subsequent three years as soon as the work commences. The ‘bhoomi pujan’ (ground-breaking) ceremony of the temple in Ayodhya is scheduled to be held on August 5, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is more likely to attend, as instructed by the members of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra, a belief shaped to supervise its development.

“The design of the temple was modified after the Supreme Court verdict. Now it will likely be virtually double the scale

of what was initially deliberate,” architect Chandrakant Sompura, who has designed it, instructed PTI.

“It will now have a shikhara (tower) over the sanctum sanctorum and five domes instead of the earlier plan of two domes. The height of the temple will also be more than what was in the previous plan,” he stated.

In November final yr, the Supreme Court had paved the best way for the development of Ram temple by on the disputed web site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot an alternate five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for constructing a brand new mosque at a “prominent” place within the holy city in Uttar Pradesh.

Sompura, 77, who comes from a household of temple architects which have designed over 200 such buildings, stated that he was requested to organize a design for the Ram temple by late chief of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Ashok Singhal, round 30 years in the past.

He stated designing the Ram temple was an uphill process 30 years again, as he needed to put together drawings utilizing his footsteps because the unit of measurement. “When I first visited the site in Ayodhya in 1990, nothing was allowed to be taken inside the premises due to security concerns, not even a measurement tape and I had to measure with my footsteps,” Sompura stated.

Based on his design of the temple, the VHP had began preparation for its development within the 1990s by establishing a unit of carving of stones in Ayodhya, he stated.

“However, after the Supreme Court verdict in favour of construction at the Ramjamabhoomi site, the temple design was changed,” he stated. “Now there will be five domes. It has two reasons-first, there is no dearth of land for the temple now and the second one is that after so much of publicity, we expect that a large number of devotees will visit the temple everyday and the size has been increased to accommodate them,” he stated.

According to Sompura, his son Ashish had offered this revised plan earlier than the belief in June, which was authorised. Ashish Sompura will take care of the development of the temple, though his father may have the ultimate say on it.

The septuagenarian architect stated that he has designed many temples, however the Ayodhya Ram temple undertaking is particular to him simply because the Somnath temple was for his grandfather Prabhashankar Sompura, who designed and oversaw its reconstruction.

“This project is special as it is being built at the birthplace of Lord Ram. We have to ensure that it should be the best. With five domes, which is rare, it will set an example. It will be developed as the best place of worship in terms of temple architecture,” he stated.

“The temple is likely to be completed in next three years after its work begins,” he added. Sompura stated his household designs temples in Nagara type and the construction in Ayodhya may also be inbuilt that type of North Indian temple structure.


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