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Ram Mandir (transl. Ram Temple) is a Hindu temple that is being built at the sacred pilgrimage site of Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya of Uttar Pradesh, India. Many Hindus believe the site to be the birthplace of Rama, whom they worship as a seventh avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu. In 1528, the Moghuls erected a mosque on the site, the Babri Masjid. Disputes over the rightful use of the site resulted in a crowd of Hindu protesters illegally demolishing the mosque in 1992.
The original design for the Ram temple was prepared in 1988 by the Sompura family of Ahmedabad. The Sompuras have been part of the temple design of over 100 temples all over the world for at least 15 generations. A new design for Ram temple, with some changes from the original design, was prepared by the Sompuras in 2020. The temple will be 235 feet wide, 360 feet long, and 161 feet high. The chief architect of the temple is Chandrakant Sompura along with his two sons Nikhil Sompura and Ashish Sompura, who are also architects. The Sompura family has designed the Ram temple following 'Nagara' style architecture, one of the types of Indian temple architecture.
The temple complex will have a prayer hall, "a Ramkatha Kunj (lecture hall), a Vaidik Pathshala (educational facility), a Sant Niwas (saints' residence), and a Yatri Niwas (hostel for visitors)" and other facilities like a museum and a cafeteria. Once complete the temple complex will be the world's third-largest Hindu shrine. A model of the proposed temple was showcased during the Prayag Kumbh Mela in 2019.
The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust began the first phase of construction of the Ram Temple in March 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India followed by the 2020 China–India skirmishes caused a temporary suspension of the construction.
During ground-leveling and excavation of the construction site a Shivaling, pillars, and broken idols were found. On 25 March 2020 Lord Ram's idol was moved to a temporary location in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. In preparation for its construction, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad organized a Vijay Mahamantra Jaap Anushthan, in which individuals would gather at different places to chant the Vijay Mahamantra, Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram, on 6 April 2020. This was said to ensure "victory over hurdles" in the construction of the temple. Larsen & Toubro, which reportedly offered to oversee the design and construction of the temple free of cost, is the contractor of the project.
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