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Construction work for Bihar’s Viraat Ramayan Mandir set to begin

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Construction work on the proposed Viraat Ramayan Mandir will begin at Kesaria in the Eastern Champaran district of Bihar on the Ram-Janaki path connecting Ayodhya and Janakpur, and once completed, it could become the largest Hindu temple in the world.

Inspired by the Central Vista project in New Delhi, the Mahavir Mandir Trust is planning a revised tender to ensure the building will have a lifespan of at least 250 years instead of the 100 years previously planned.

“Some of the companies involved in the Central Vista project may work for Virat Ramayan Mandir, also because their expertise in building construction has a lifespan of at least 250 years. Mohit Kumar Jaiswal, former director general of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), has been appointed As the lead advisor to the technical team for the project. Since such a construction is possible, we also believe that we should not compromise,” said Mahavir Mandir Trust secretary Acharya Kishore Kunal.

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Chief Minister Nitish Kumar unveiled the temple model of Mahavir Mandir at a ceremony officiated by Dwarka Peeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopananda Saraswati in November 2013. However, it was delayed due to opposition from the Cambodian government to the Indian government. The Cambodian government has protested its design, claiming that the proposed temple is a replica of the 12th-century Angkor Wat temple. Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The project almost coincides with the construction of the Statue of Unity in Gujarat ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when the Awami League (JD-U) broke with the National League for Democracy (NDA) and with Bihar’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) . The Gujarat government project Solidarity Statue was ready in 2018, but the temple, which was launched by the Mahavir Mandir Trust, was in trouble due to international issues and later some land acquisition issues. Trust secretary Kunal, a retired IPS officer, said that after some design revisions and several rounds of negotiations, all issues are now resolved and the work will begin within a few months.

“The trust has secured 100 acres and another 25 acres are in the pipeline and paid off. We also have green court clearance. As we now want to build it with the latest technology that will ensure a longer lifespan , we will revise the tender,” he added.

The 270-foot-tall temple to be built in Janaki Nagar near Kesaria, about 130 kilometers from Patna, underwent design changes after Cambodian authorities objected. Kunal said the issue was now over and the 13-domed grand building would hold 20,000 seats in a hall facing the main temple, which would house statues of Lord Ram, Sita, Raff and Lord Kush .

Complete News Source : Hindustan Times

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