In the heart of Ayodhya, the construction of the Ram Temple has become a beacon of cultural and spiritual significance, resonating far beyond the borders of India. The global anticipation surrounding its inauguration is grounded in the meticulous craftsmanship and architectural magnificence that characterize this sacred structure, weaving together elements from both North and South India in a harmonious symphony.
A Closer Look at the Intricate Architecture of Ayodhya's Ram Temple
As the ongoing construction progresses across three floors, each soaring to a majestic height of 20 feet, the Ram Temple emerges as a testament to architectural prowess and cultural amalgamation. The temple, designed in the Nagara style, stands adorned with 392 pillars and features an impressive array of 44 intricately crafted doors.
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The Garbhgriha of Bhagwan Shri Ramlalla Sarkar now shines with the radiant glow of its newly installed Golden Doors.
All ground floor doors of the Ram Mandir are now complete, a testament to the dedication and devotion of countless souls.
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The focal point of the ground floor is the Garbhagriha, nestled in the basement, where the divine presence of Lord Shri Ram in his childhood form, Shri Ramlalla, is enshrined. The dimensions of the temple stretch to 380 feet in length (east to west), 250 feet in width, and 161 feet in height, according to information from the Ram Temple Teerth Kshetra Trust. The ground floor, supported by 160 pillars, accommodates five mandaps: Natya Mandap, Rang Mandap, Guha Mandap (Sabha Mandap), Prarthana Mandap, and Kirtan Mandap.
The 'Singh Dwar' entrance gate, constructed in the first phase, is accessible from the eastern part of the temple, involving an ascent of 32 steps with a cumulative height of 16.5 feet. Ramps and lifts have been thoughtfully installed for the convenience of differently-abled and elderly individuals. A total of 12 doors adorn the main floor, contributing to the overall count of 44 doors.
Encircling the ground floor is a circumambulatory path, measuring an impressive 732 meters in length and 4.25 meters in width, providing devotees with a sacred route to pay homage. Temples dedicated to Lord Surya, Shankar, Ganpati, Goddess Bhagwati, Hanuman Ji, and Annapurna Mata grace the corners and segments of this spiritual pathway.
First look at the golden door of Ram Mandir. Next three days 13 more doors will be installed on the upper floor of the senctum according to the Uttar Pradesh CM office in total 46 doors will be installed in Ram Mandir out of which 42 will be coated with gold the CMO said.🛕🛕🛕 pic.twitter.com/0DpNekoQqF— 💝🌹💖jaggirmRanbir💖🌹💝 (@jaggirm) January 10, 2024
Ascending to the first floor, devotees will encounter a reduction in the number of pillars to 132. Above the Garbhagriha, the court of Lord Maryada Purushottam Bhagwan Shri Ram will be established, featuring a majestic throne where Lord Shri Ram, Mata Janaki, and brother Lakshman will be depicted in regal splendor. The valiant Hanuman will also find his place in a seated position.
Balconies on all four sides of the first floor promise devotees a panoramic view of Ayodhya, enhancing the spiritual experience within the sacred confines of the temple.
As construction progresses, the temple unfolds into the third floor, where only a mandap near the temple will be constructed, as noted by Dr. Anil Mishra, a member of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Trust. Devotees will not be permitted on this level, emphasizing its sacred and exclusive nature.
Reports indicate that the third floor will host 74 pillars, supporting the pinnacle of the highest mandap. A wooden design has been employed during the temple's consecration to offer a visual representation of the upper floor, providing a glimpse into the culmination of this architectural marvel.