Devotees will be able to catch a glimpse of the Ram temple in Ayodhya by December 2023, sources told India Today. The second phase of construction at the temple site is expected to begin later this year.
The Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, will open its doors to devotees by December 2023. Construction of the temple, however, will be complete by 2025, according to the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra.
Sources now tell India Today that construction will continue alongside prayer services for devotees once the basic structure of the temple is complete.
At least 70 per cent of the stones at Karsevak Puram will be utilised for the construction of the temple, sources said, adding that no steel or bricks will be used in the construction.
“A large number of studies and the use of modern and traditional technologies to ensure the longevity of the temple,” said sources, upon condition of anonymity.
Second phase of construction to begin in December
Champat Rai, general secretary of the trust tasked with overseeing the construction of the temple complex, had told media outlets earlier this year that the Ram temple will be built on about “two and a half acres”. We expect the work to be completed in three years, Rai added.
He also said that a wall called a ‘Parkota’ will be built around the temple, in addition to retaining walls inside the ground to protect the complex from flooding.
Filling of the foundation will be completed by the end of October, followed by the second phase involving stonework which is expected to begin in December this year.
The entire Ram temple complex in UP’s Ayodhya is being built at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore. The Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra has already received donations in excess of Rs 3,000 crore for the same.