With the settlement of India’s longest fought and oldest land dispute getting settled with the Supreme Court delivering judgement on Ram Janbhumi dispute, now all attention have turned on design and project execution – mainly how, when and by whom?
Interestingly, VHP had already appointed an architect (not by qualification) called Chandrakant Sompura to design the prestigious project even while the parties were fighting over the land title. Mr Sompura has many prestigious temple projects to his credit, including Swaminarayan temple in Neasden which is supposed to be world’s largest.
According to preliminary estimates, the project may cost anywhere between ₹50 & 60 crore. It may take about three years to complete the project. And in all likelihood work on the project may commence early next year.
The temple may be built in pink sandstone, which is available in plenty in Bansi Paharpur in Rajasthan. The project may require 2.5-3 lakh cubic feet sandstones. Idol in the sanctum will be made out of marble. Total height of the temple will be 132-ft. Plinth area of the temple will be 270 x 126-ft. The temple will have 212 pillars. 16 statues on each column will be carved.
The temple will be built in ‘Nagara’ style architecture in which most of the temples are built in North India. “Ashtakon” (Octagonal) characteristic will be the main feature of the temple.
The temple will have two storeys and apart from the main temple, there will four other temples for Sita, Laxman, Ganesh and Hanuman. There will be four gates, one in each direction. Each gate will be designed in the architectural style of the region it faces.
So far, so good. Now let’s look into one of the directions of the SC.
In the latest judgment, the SC has directed to set up an independent trust which will look after all the aspects relating to Ram Mandir and the execution of the project. Whether the trust will go by the design provided by Mr Sompura or will go for altogether new design will have to be seen.