As two years have passed since construction of Sri Ram temple in Ayodhya started after the laying of the foundation stone of the temple, the committee supervising the temple construction has set a target to allow devotees to have a darshan of Ram Lalla at sanctum sanctorum on January 14, 2024.
The foundation of the Ram temple was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5, 2020.
“Over 30 per cent of the work has been completed and the construction of the sanctum sanctorum is going on at a fast pace,” said Dr Anil Mishra, member of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust which is looking after the construction of the temple.
He said that as per the programme, Ram Lalla would be installed at the sanctum sanctorum on Makar Sankranti on January 14, 2024 and after that devotees from all over the country and abroad would be allowed to worship Ram Lalla in the new temple.
On the second anniversary of laying of the foundation stone of the proposed temple, the trust invited journalists and apprised them of the current status of the construction.
Radhey Joshi, one of the officials of the Tata Construction involved in the temple construction, said that 17,000 stones were to be installed in the floor of the temple out of which 13,000 stones had been installed so far.
“The sanctum sanctorum will be 12 metres by 12 metres. There will be two more circumambulations – first one will be 20x20 metres, and the second 60x60 metres. Thus, at one time over 1.25 lakh people will be able to go around the sanctum sanctorum.
He said that 50,000 people would perform Darshan Puja every day.
“For the first floor of the temple, 1.5 lakh cubic feet of stones have been carved and five teams of about 300 people are working every day,” he said.
Ram temple is being constructed round the clock in three shifts in which about 500 labourers are working daily. The first phase of the construction of the retaining wall will be completed by August 15