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Facts about RAM MANDIR

Facts about RAM MANDIR

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Ritika Tikku 8 Minutes

Facts about RAM MANDIR

The Ayodhya Ram Mandir, also known as the Lord Shri Ram Temple, holds immense historical and cultural significance. Situated in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India, this Hindu temple has been a focal point of religious sentiments and a symbol of national identity. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram, a revered deity in Hinduism. The Ram Mandir is built at the Ram Janmabhoomi, believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram, making it a site of deep historical and religious significance. As one of the largest temples in India, the Ram Mandir boasts a design that combines traditional elements with modern technology, making it a marvel of architectural grandeur.

Major Construction Materials Used

The use of Steel or Iron has been completely avoided in the construction of Ram Mandir.

Major construction materials used in the construction of Ram Mandir are:

  • Bansi Paharpur Pink Sandstone from Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district have been used in the main temple structure.
  • Granite Stones have been used in the plinths
  • White Makrana and Colored Marbles have been used for the inlay work
  • Teakwood has been used for the construction of the doors of the temple.
  • Special Bricks with “Shri Ram” inscribed on them have been used in its construction.

Major Architectural Highlights of Ram Mandir

Foundation

The Main Temple

The Temple Complex

A 14-metre-thick layer of roller-compacted concrete, looking like an artificial rock, has been used to construct the foundation of the temple.

The main temple is built in Nagara Style.

The temple is surrounded by a rectangular compound wall, called Parkota.

A 21-foot-high plinth of Granite has been constructed for protection against ground moisture.

The original design for Ram Mandir was developed in 1988 by the Sompura family of Ahmedabad. However, in 2020, the old design was modified as per the Vastu Shastra and the Shilpa Shastra

One temple has been built at each of the four corners of the compound. These temples are dedicated to Surya Dev, Devi Bhagwati, Ganesh Bhagwan, and Lord Shiva.

 

The Mandir will have three stories (floors), with each story designed to give the devotees an experience of the various stages of Lord Rama’s divine journey.

 

·Ground Floor- Birth and Childhood of Lord Ram

·First Floor- Lord Ram’s Darbar

A historic well called Sita Koop is located near the temple. This dates back to the ancient era.

 

 

Kuber Tila is located in the southwestern part of the complex. The ancient temple of Lord Shiva located in this part has been restored. Also, a bronze idol of the Ramayana character ‘Jatayu’ has been installed here.

Other Facts:

A time capsule has been placed approximately 2,000 feet below the ground, right underneath the temple.

The temple is an earthquake-resistant structure, with an estimated age of 2500 years.

The idols are made up of 60 million years old Shaligram Rocks, brought from the Gandaki River (Nepal).

The Bell is made of Ashtadhatu (Gold, Silver, Copper, Zinc, Lead, Tin, Iron, and Mercury).The Bell weighs 2100 Kg.The sound of the bell can be heard up to a distance of 15 Km.

The Nagara Style of Temple Architecture

This is a style of temple architecture that developed around the 5th century AD onwards and has been prevalent in North India since then.

Basic Elements

 

Sanctum Sanctorum

It is also known as Grabhgriha. It is a small room which houses the principal deity of the temple.

Mandapa

It refers to a portico or assembly hall which leads to the Sanctum Sanctorum.

Shikhara

 It refers to a mountain-like spire. Its shape may vary from pyramid to curvilinear.

Vahana

It refers to the mount or vehicle of the main deity. It is placed just before the sanctum sanctorum.