Cambodia’s reconciliation to the modified plan of Viraat Ramayan Mandir leads to its start of constriction
When Mahavir Mandir Trust announced the construction of Viraat Ramayan Mandir which was perceived to be a replica of Angkor Wat temple, the news was covered in almost all the important newspapers of the world, particularly South-East-Asian countries. But it was vehemently protested by the Cambodian Government and its protest was conveyed to the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India which, in turn, was sent to the Ministry of Culture for co-ordinating with the Bihar Government and the temple trust. It was informally advised not to make the exact replica of the Cambodian temple which is, at present, largest Hindu/Buddhist in the world.
The temple trust of Mahavir Mandir did not intend to hurt the sentiments of the Cambodian people; so it modified its plan by embedding the architectural design of many other prominent temples of India and South-East Asia including those at Ayuthya in Thailand and Pantarama in Java (Indonesia). The Charge-de-affairs of Cambodia to India visited the site in June, 2015. There was a question in the Lok Sabha and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs General V.K. Singh made a reply in the Lok Sabha that the ‘Viraat Ramayan Mandir’ complex prominently features design elements of Indian temple architecture.
Thereafter the Secretary of Mahavir Mandir Trust Acharya Kishore Kunal sent several letters to the Secretary, Minister of Culture and Secretary Ministry of External Affairs along with the modified map. It was sent to the Director General of Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi for comments on the resemblance of Viraat Ramayan Mandir with Angkor Wat Temple. The report of the secretary Mahavir Mandir Trust along with the temple’s detailed plan and comments of the D.G., A.S.I. were sent to the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
Then the Foreign Ministry sent it to the Cambodian Government in October, 2015. They examined the report and sent it to the Cambodian Government for scrutiny. It was indicated by the Cambodian Embassy that a number of architects were engaged to compare the maps of the two structures and if there would be any objection, Cambodian architects would come to Delhi and discuss the matter and suggest the modifications. All these developments were intimated by the Secretary, Mahavir Mandir Trust to the Chief Secretary, Bihar by a letter dated 25-01-2016. Recently, Kunal enquired from Culture Ministry, New Delhi and was informed that there was no response received from the Cambodian Embassy. Thus a decision has now been taken to start construction of the Viraat Ramayan Mandir in accordance with the architectural plan sent to the Ministries of Culture and External Affairs and the State Government.
Recently, the Mahavir Mandir Trust has received support from three eminent persons from Tamil Nadu to this project. N. Srinivasan, the Vice-President to Larsen & Tubro, S. Rajendra, a renowned architect and C. Natarajan, Professor at National Institute of Technology and a structural engineer visited the temple site on 9th December and have pledged their support to this project. Now Prof. Natarajan and architect Rajendran will finalise the plan and Srimivasan of L. & T. Company, an expert in construction will execute this mega project.
In the first phase, the temples of Anjaneya (Hanuman), Mahadeva (Shiva) and Rama will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 200 crore in next three years’ span of time. When the construction starts in full swing, people’s co-operation will be sought. Apart from the temple being the largest Hindu Temple in the world, it will have the largest Shiva-Linga measuring 33 ft. in height and 33 ft. in circumference. With ‘arghaa’ it will have the height of 44 ft. and the roof of the temple will be at a height of 40 ft. From there the devotees will pour jal on the Shiva-Linga. It will be a unique, incredible. Similarly, at a height of 72 ft. 20 thousand devotees will worship Rama conjointly.
The largest Hindu temple in the world
Virat Ramayan Mandir will be 2600 ft. in length,1400 ft. in width and 405 ft. in height. Its location is at Janaki Nagar near Kesaria in North Bihar at a distance of 120 km. from Patna and 60 km. from the historic town of Vaishali. It is spread over a sprawling area of 200 acres on the main Kesaria Chakia road near traditional Kathwalia-Bahuara village.
Like South-East Asian temples it has layers instead of floors and in the first layer one will have to walk more than a km. to see four temples with shikhars (spires) in four corners and the marvels of the Ramayan through electronic gadgets. In the last layer the main Rãma temple consisting of Rãma, Sitã, Lava, Kusha and Valmiki will be at a height of 66 ft. with will have a sitting capacity for 20 thousand devotees at one time. In all there will be 18 temples with high spires. The Shive temple will comprise the largest Saiva-Linga in the world and it will be installed in such a fashion that devotees will have no difficulty in offering water, milk, etc. to the great deity.
The renowned Hanuman (Mahavir) Mandir at Patna, after having established four famous, philanthropic hospitals in the Capital of Bihar, has now undertaken the construction of the largest Hindu temple in the world Virat Ramayan Mandir which will be larger than even Angkor Wat Temple situated in Cambodia, considered the largest-Hindu temple for centaury. Assets of the temple and its institutions are estimated at Rs. 300 crore. The cost of the new project Virat Ramayan Mandir will be around Rs. 500 crore. The temple trust provides Rs. 1 crore every year for the treatment of poor patients in Cancer and other hospitals run by the temple trust.
Planning of the proposed temple
The celebrated temple trust of Patna Hanuman Mandir, which is called Mahavir Mandir, in this part of the country, is going to build a magnificent temple which is now named Viraat Ramayan Mandir at Angkor Nagar near Kesaria which boasts of the tallest Buddhist stupa in the world. The name has been changed from Viraat Angkor Wat Ram Mandir to Viraat Ramayan Mandir to respect the sentiments of the Cambodian people and to highlight the importance of the eternal epic Ramayan. All major incidents of Ramayan will be presented in the temple premises either in the sanctum sanctorum or in the galleries which will have the electronic gadgets brought from Spain for the purpose. The place is hallowed by the arrival of Shri Ram and Janaki while they were returning from Janakpur to Ayodhya after their marriage.
It is located at a distance of 60 Kms from Vaishali, where dawned the first republic of the world and at a distance of 120 Kms. from Patna, the capital of Bihar. >> read more
Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court of India, released Bank coupons for collecting fund for the construction of Viraat Ramayan Mandir at Janaki Nagar near Kesariya.
These coupons have been printed by Mahavir Mandir Trust in collaboration with the Allahabad Bank. These coupons have been printed in the security press of the Allahabad Bank on water mark paper with hallmark which can be visible only in ultraviolet rays. Thus it is next to impossible to imitate these coupons. These coupons are serially marked and kept in the safe custody of Allahabad Bank.
Devotees have been requested to donate the construction cost of at least 1 sq.ft. in Viraat Ramayan Mandir. One sq.ft. will cost Rs. 7,707.00.
The coupons have been printed in three denominations.
- The first one is for the construction of 1sq.ft. Devotees contributing 1sq.ft. will be provided a certificate with the photograph of the Viraat Ramayan Mandir.
- The second denomination is for 15sq.ft. which will cost 1,15,605.00. Devotees contributing 15sq.ft. will be entitled to engrave the names of their parents along with their own names on the dharmastambh to be erected in the vicinity of the temple.
- The third denomination is for the construction of 100sq.ft. or more space. Their names will be prominently engraved in proportion to their contribution.
Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra lauded the efforts of Mahavir Mandir Trust for constructing the largest temple in the world and congratulated the Trust for evolving a fool proof system of issuing coupons for collecting funds for construction of the largest temple in the world. She further said that it would insure total transparency in monetary transactions and appealed devotees to support the noble cause.
The Secretary of the Mahavir Mandir Trust informed the audience that the construction of work would start on 23rd February, 2014.
The temple will have a length of 2800 ft., width of 1400 ft. and height of 405 ft. Its grandeur may be gauged from the very fact that at a height of 72 ft. some 20,000 persons will worship Rama, Sita and Hanuman together. Any devotee will have the darshan of Ramji from entrance gate which will be 2000 ft. distant from the deity.
The construction cost will be more than 300 crores which will be largely collected through the sale of these coupons which will be available in all major branches of Allahabad Bank, Mahavir Mandir and at the Viraat Ramayan Mandir site.
A number of eminent persons including Justice S.N. Jha, Justice P. K. Sinha, Justice Rajendra Prasad, Jiyalal Arya, Jagannath Mishra, the DGM of Allahabad Bank and all Directors of the hospitals run by the temple trust were present on the occasion. As per his desire the first coupon was released in the name of Swaroopanand Saraswati, the Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Dwarka Peeth.