'Ram Temple to be ready by…': Panel head reveals when devotees can offer prayers
Nripendra Misra said the first phase of the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya will be completed by December 30.
The first phase of the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya will be completed by December 30 this year, while the first and second storeys will be ready by December 30, 2024, Nripendra Misra, chairman of the Ram Mandir Construction Committee, said on Monday.
Misra, who was also the principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the temple is being constructed in three phases and the devotees will be able to enter the temple after the completion of the first phase.
“The temple trust decided that the first phase of Ram Temple construction be completed by December 30, 2023. The first and second storeys will be completed by December 30, 2024. We are trying that people offer prayers to Lord Ram by December 30, 2023,” news agency ANI quoted Mishra as saying.
Here are updates on the Ram Temple construction:
1. Five 'mandaps' on the ground floor, besides other works, will be completed in the first phase.
2. In the first phase, the five 'mandaps' on the ground floor, out of which the most prominent is the sanctum sanctorum where God's idol will be installed, should be completed, Misra said.
3. There are nearly 160 pillars in the construction of the five mandaps.
4. A brief description of Lord Ram on the lower plinth of the Temple will be started (in the first phase), and the electricity facility and other facilities should be completed. All these works will be completed by December 30, 2023, he said.
5. The first and second storeys of the Temple, including the percota (outer perimeter), will be completed by December 30, 2024, Misra said.
6. He added that the idol will be installed, devotees will be able to visit by the end of this year.
7. The committee head said the construction of the entire temple will be completed by December 2025.
8. Misra said the budget falls between ₹1400 crore and ₹1,800 crore.
9. Union minister home minister Amit Shah had announced that the Ram Temple will be opened for devotees by January 1 next year.
10. On November 9, 2019, a five-judge Supreme Court bench led by then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi ruled in favour of Ram Lalla and said the entire disputed land spread over 2.7 acres will be handed over to a trust formed by the government, which will monitor the construction of a Ram Temple at the site.
(With inputs from ANI)