The Supreme Court pronounced its judgment in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute in Ayodhya on Saturday. This story describes the model of the temple.
A total of 212 pillars will be required across the temple. It will be assembled in two stages with 106 pillars each.
Almost half of the pillars are ready while half are yet to be carved. The assembly of pillars will take place in two tiers with the top tier having a roof. According to the approved design, the roof will have a “shikhar” that will give the massive structure a look and feel of “Bhavya Ram Mandir” (grand Ram temple).
The proposed structure will be 128 feet high. It will be 140 feet in its width and 270 feet in length. What makes this mammoth structure unique is there will be no use of steel as support base.
The Ram temple will have 5 entrances: Singh Dwar, Nritya Mandap, Rand Mandap, Pooja Room and the all-important ‘Garbh Griha’ with parikrama. Ram Lalla, the idol will be placed on the ground floor, itself.
At least 1.75 lakh cubic feet of sandstone will be required for the full construction of the temple, as envisioned.
A lot has been done, with the work starting as early as 1990. But a lot needs to be done as well. Not just mere assembly, more sandstones, more carving experts and expansion of the existing carving centre in Ayodhya needed to run against time in finishing the temple. Even then, sources say, it won’t be an easy task but will require a minimum of 4 years to finish the work completely.