As more and more details of the final design of the Ram temple are emerging, it’s now clear that temple work will take minimum three-and-a-half-year to be ready. Though the basic design of the temple as envisaged in 1989 by the architect, Chandrakantbhai Sompura will not be changed, there will be many changes and additions to the original design adding to the execution time (and also cost) of the project.
The proposed temple will have three storeys as against earlier proposal of two storeys. While the original design had three ‘mandaps’, the new design will also have ‘rang mandap’ which will be towards the front of the temple and a ‘kirtan mandap’ and a ‘prathana mandap’ on both the sides
Since the height of the temple and its floors have been increased, the temple will have to be extended on sides to balance the design aesthetically and thus, the columns, which in the original design were 212, have now been increased to 360. Further, height of the temple will be increased from earlier 131 feet to 161 feet. It may be noted that out 212 columns earlier proposed, 106 columns have already been prepared.
Ram mandir will be built in Nagara style keeping specifications of Shilpa Shastra in mind. Nagara is the style of temple architecture which is popular in Northern India as against Dravidian style which is followed in South India. In North India it is common for an entire temple to be built on a stone platform with steps leading up to it. Further, unlike in South India it does not usually have elaborate boundary walls or gateways. While the earliest temples had just one tower, or shikhara, later temples had several. The garbhagriha is always located directly under the tallest tower. There are many subdivisions of nagara temples depending on the shape of the shikhara.