Ayodhya Ram Mandir news today: One year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi began work on the Ram temple in Ayodhya, progress has been sluggish and fraught with technical and logistical difficulties.
Top sources in the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra, on the other hand, claim that the temple would be mostly completed by late 2023.
This is also when devotees may expect to see “darshan.” For the time being, it is estimated that the temple will be finished by 2025. This indicates that the temple’s sanctum sanctorum will be ready to accept visitors by the end of 2023.
On August 5, last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lay the foundation stone for the temple in a spectacular event. The complex will also include a museum, digital archives, and a research centre in addition to the main temple.
The inauguration of the half completed temple in late 2023 will coincide with the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, giving the BJP enough chance to include it into its electoral campaign.
According to temple trust sources, the Ram temple complex’s size has been increased to 110 acres from the trust’s initial 67-acre site. To include the different religious and vaastu components, this was done.
The whole Ram temple structure in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, is expected to cost Rs 1,000 crore.
The trust has already collected over Rs 3,000 crore in donations towards the construction of the Ram temple, despite a prohibition on foreign money for the project due to a lack of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) approval.
Construction on the second phase will begin in December.
The Ram temple will be erected on roughly “two and a half acres,” according to Champat Rai, general secretary of the trust entrusted with managing the temple complex’s development earlier this year. Rai stated, “We expect the work to be done in three years.”
Champat Rai indicated that a ‘Parkota’ wall will be erected around the temple, as well as retaining walls inside the earth, to protect the complex from floods.
The foundation will be filled by the end of October, followed by the second phase of stonework, which will start in December.
Ram Mandir Temple construction is a difficult process.
The foundation is finding it difficult to construct a Ram temple that matches the magnificence and durability of old Hindu temples. The most time-consuming task has turned out to be laying the temple’s foundation.
Following the levelling of the building site, an engineering committee comprising 8-9 members was formed to determine the type and depth of foundation that would be required for the temple complex.
Professor Raju, the previous director of IIT-Delhi, the director of IIT-Guwahati, and engineers from the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) in Roorkee made up this group, which performed a soil analysis of the site.
The soil analysis indicated the presence of debris from previous projects up to a depth of 12 metres. For a temple with a’shikhar,’ or temple top, extending 161 feet above the ground, this was considered unstable soil.
The trust’s next major choice was whether to use the traditional stone foundation seen in historic Indian temples or a contemporary “piled foundation.” Experts from IIT-Chennai, on the other hand, proposed a different strategy to assure the structure’s total stability and endurance.
The debris from previous projects had to be cleared using the technique advised by specialists from IIT-Chennai. After that, 70 lakh cubic feet of dirt were removed to form a crater.
The foundation in this crater will require a total of 125 lakh cubic feet of material. A total of 71 lakh cubic feet of material has been used thus far.
The engineered fill method, which involves the use of fly ash, cement, and various-sized stone ballasts, was then used to lay the foundation.
It takes a long time to build an engineered fill foundation since it entails precisely putting 44 levels of 8 inches each. In what is known as “vibro technology,” these layers are subsequently crushed by machinery (compression via vibration).
Apart from a 16-foot-high plinth, a 7-foot-deep “raft” level flooring will be built on top of the foundation. This plinth will be covered with pillars and other components from the Ram temple complex.
The construction company Larsen and Toubro wanted to suspend work as the monsoon approached because rain water can harm an engineered fill foundation.
“Every day, 140 big trucks transport supplies for the foundation from as far as the Bundelkhand region. The foundation is scheduled to be completed by the end of September “According to a temple trust source.
The Ram Mandir temple construction stones are in a state of flux.
The purchase of stone was hampered by court orders that put a stop to mining at the quarry where the stone was to be procured. This sandstone mine lies in the Bansi Paharpur hamlet of Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district, in the Roopwas tehsil.
This difficulty with stone procurement was just recently overcome. It has also been agreed that the stones would be carved at the quarry and then transported to Ayodhya.
For the last two decades, stones weighing 40,000 cubic feet, cut and prepared by Rajasthani artisans, have been lying in the VHP’s karyashala in Ayodhya’s Karsevak Puram, about 3 kilometres from the temple site.
According to a temple trust source, “70% of these stones will be utilised. However, because the stones must be in sync with the new ones, the final appraisal will be made later.”
Several religious themes will be depicted on the Ram Mandir walls.
The planned Ram temple in Ayodhya’s walls would represent a variety of religious themes. A committee of religious leaders and art experts, including those from the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi, will decide on the topics.
Because copper joints do not corrode, they will be utilised to keep the walls together instead of steel ones, according to the suggested proposal.
On the other hand, the whole plinth, including the primary place of prayer, will be built of marble.
A study of the floor’s or plinth’s load-bearing capability required a lengthy time as well. The assignment was given to the CBRI, which undertook a technical feasibility assessment to establish how much weight the “raft” on top of the foundation, plinth, and stone pillars can support, particularly in the event of an earthquake.
The procurement of white stone will commence only once the plinth and pillars have been completed.
Steel will not be used in the construction of the temple, according to the temple trust. Lifts for the disabled and old persons will be situated outside the temple rather than within.
The Ram temple complex is enormous in size.
In comparison to the original 67 acres set aside for the temple, the site plan has increased to 110 acres. This was due to the complex’s square or rectangular floor design, as dictated by the saints and priests.
Land acquisition is proving to be a lengthy process.
According to an official from the Ayodhya administration, “Complications abound when it comes to land purchases. The trust, for example, sought to buy a property in the Fakire Ram neighbourhood. The owner desired substitute property for existing temples that matched the size of the land and caused no disruption to temple rituals. The trust has to meet all of the requirements.”
The trust, on the other hand, is making all of the decisions while bearing in mind the temple’s size.