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Saturday, 20 April 2024 9.06 AM IST

Ram Mandir wonder on strong foundation; Temple to be completed by end of 2025


AYODHYA: Design and construction manager Girish Sahasrabhojanee, who is leading the construction work, told Kerala Kaumudi that the Ram Mandir, an engineering wonder, had to overcome tough challenges so that it can survive for a thousand years. The weak loose soil was the biggest challenge. The concrete had to be laid so deep that it would not be affected even in the event of an earthquake.

The stones used, whether marble or granite, are chosen to be extremely mature in hardness. These do not deteriorate with age just like the teak wood being used.

The construction of the ground floor, which houses the shrine enshrining the main idol, Ram Lalla (Boy Rama), is progressing rapidly. The consecration is on January 22. Girish Sahasrabhojanee said that the temple will be complete by the end of 2025 with all the works completed.

Weak loose soil

  1. Weak loose soil and the presence of the Sarayu River became a challenge
  2. During the rainy season, the river water reaches up to 500 meters near the temple. Potential for soil erosion.
  3. The temple is in an earthquake zone. No rocks at all. Fixing the base proved to be a tough challenge

Prepared artificial rock cluster; will not be affected even in an earthquake

  1. The loose soil was removed and concrete (roller compact concrete) foundation was laid in 56 layers at a depth of 14 meters. Rock dust and fly ash were added. It turned into an artificial rock cluster with an area of ​​six acres. Even a 6.5 Richter scale earthquake will not make an impact.
  2. 4.75 lakh square feet of pink sandstone from Bharatpur, Rajasthan to build the walls. Pearl white Makrana marble for flooring is also from Rajasthan.
  3. 17000 granite pillars from Telangana for carving sculptures. The durable teak wood is from Maharashtra.


Part of Burj Khalifa as well

A native of Nagpur, Girish Sahasrabhojanee passed Civil Engineering from Nagpur University in 1974. In 1976, he completed his Master's degree in Structural Engineering. Worked in many foreign countries. He has worked on the construction of Burj Khalifa in Dubai and mega projects in St.Petersburg, Russia. Has been living in Goa for 31 years.

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