Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday laid the foundation stone, also known as Bhoomi puja in the highly contested site of Ayodhya, for the upcoming colossal Ram Madir, or the temple of Lord Rama.
Three decades ago, a Mughal mosque was demolished by Hindu mob exactly in the same site where the Ram Temple will be built now.
Many Hindus believe the 16th-century mosque was the exact location where god-king Ram was born. The riot killed over 15000 Muslims and sparked nationwide protests.
The green signal for the construction of the temple comes a year after the apex court of India handed over the contested site to India’s Hindu majority after separating a piece of land for the Muslims.
“Usurpation of the land by an unjust, oppressive, shameful and majority-appeasing judgment can’t change its status. No need to be heartbroken. Situations don’t last forever,” the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board said on Twitter.
The vicinity of the spot was decorated with yellow flower garlands, and security forces were deployed in the area, as the PM prepared to lay the foundation stone of the temple, scheduled to be completed by 2023, apparently ending decades-long controversy on the sensitive location.
Meanwhile, the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra or the Ram Mandir Temple trust released simulations of what the upcoming temple would look like.
As per the initial design suggestions, the temple will be a massive structure sprawled over 360 ft length and 235 ft width, reaching a height of a two-storied building at 161 feet.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, chief architect of the temple Chandrakant Sompura said the temple will be made doubled the size of what was originally proposed.
“The design of the temple was modified after the Supreme Court verdict. Now it will be almost double the size of what was originally planned,” Sompura told news agency PTI.
Speaking about the style of architecture, the Ram Mandir will be built in the Nagara Style featuring 5 domes instead of the two preplanned.
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