‘Ram Temple As Per VHP Model But Grander’, Says Mahant Nritya Gopal Das After Being Appointed Head Of Mandir TrustBricks with Sri Ram written on them in Ayodhya. (Representative Image) (Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via GettyImages)

Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, the newly-appointed Chairman of the Ram Mandir Trust, said the new model of the Ram Mandir will remain the same as proposed by the VHP, but some changes will be made to make it even higher and bigger.

As per the proposed model of Gujarat architect Chandrakant Sompura, the Ram Mandir, to be built on 2.75 lakh cubic metre area, will be two-storeyed. With a length of 270 metres, a width of 140 feet and height will be 128 feet, the temple with 330 beams and 212 pillars on both the floors will have five doors.

The temple will be divided in five parts - Garbhgriha, Kauli, Rang Mandap, Nritya Mandap and Singh Dwar.

The main gate will be made of white Makrana marble. A 16.3 feet tall cell will be constructed above the Garbhgriha on which a 65.3 feet tall tower will be constructed.

The stones being carved from the last 25 years will be used in the construction of the temple along with Shri Ram stones with artwork.

However, the date of commencement of construction is yet to be announced but it is expected that the date will be decided when the Ram Mandir Trust officials will meet again in Ayodhya after 15 days.

Nritya Gopal Das also said that a committee has been constituted under Nripendra Mishra, former Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to oversee the construction work.

On the commencement of the construction of the temple, Das said it will be decided in the next meeting at Ayodhya, but clarified that it will not start on Ram Navami, as speculated.

Earlier on Wednesday (19 February), the members of the Ram Mandir Trust were given their roles and responsibilities.

Champat Rai, the international Vice President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has been appointed the General Secretary of the Trust while Govind Dev Giri Ji Maharaj the Treasurer.

Meanwhile, Two different committees have been formed, and responsibilities have been given to various trustees who will meet time to time to discuss the work done in the construction.

(With inputs from IANS)

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