Ram Lalla idols to be shifted to temple ‘garba griha’ for ‘darshan’ by 2023 in run-up to Lok Sabha polls | India News


AYODHYA: With BJP planning to catapult the Ram temple to the centre stage of 2024 Lok Sabha elections, construction of the temple is being undertaken on a war footing to erect the garba griha (sanctum sanctorum) by 2023 and shift idols of Ram Lalla, Sita and Laxman there from the temporary structure, where it’s currently housed.
The garba griha will be thrown open to pilgrims across India and the world for ‘darshan’, keeping at least a six-month buffer before Lok Sabha polls to enable BJP to drum up the temple fervour and deliverance of its decades-old promise. The grand temple complex as per blueprint will, however, be completed by 2024 by construction firms, Larsen & Toubro and Tata Consultancy, and could also overshoot the deadline, said highly placed sources in the Ram temple Trust.
Talking to TOI, Trustee of Ram Mandir Trust Anil Mishra said, “The shifting of idols to the ‘garba griha’ will match the grandeur of August, 2020, ‘bhoomipujan’ with the likely participation of the President, prime minister, chief minister, Sangh brass and even Opposition leaders. This will mark the culmination of the centuries-old struggle for Ramjanmabhoomi and Ram Lalla will return to his place of birth after 500-year of exile. Construction firm Larsen and Toubro has a four-year contract to complete the temple, but it could take more time to make it an architectural marvel. Only the garba griha will be accessible to devotees and the entire campus will be developed by the end of 2025,” said Mishra. The decision to throw open the mega temple project to pilgrims, followed marathon meetings of the temple trust presided over the construction committee chairman, Nripendra Mishra, this week.
India’s best brains from top engineering institutions have finalised the blueprint of the temple foundation, which is scheduled for completion by October and work on boundary walls will begin by November. About 50 layers of roller compact concrete mixture would be laid atop each other over 2.77 acres, which straddles a 50-foot-deep trench that is 400 feet long and 300 feet wide. Each concrete layer is 12 inches thick and comprises building material of stones, stone powder, coal ash and cement. Robust pink stones are being requisitioned from Vindhya mountains in Uttar Pradesh and sandstone from Bansi Paharpur in Rajasthan for sculpting.


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