Ayodhya Centre Of Excellence Of Unity History in making – providing new dimensions to ram bhavya mandir

Prof. Charanjit Shah
Architect, Planner and Art Architecture Critic,
Chairman – Smart Habitat Foundation,
Ex. Director – Vastu Kala Academy


Ayodhya is Mother India’s heart. The religious emotion culture concerning the holistic approach of everyday life focused on the Vedic faith and socio-economic ambition of this part of the world. We have the oldest civilization and the human settlement, where we drive in socio-cultural and religious aspiration of the masses and its adoration with the Indus to Hindu civilization. In the 15th century, during the Mughal Raj, Hindus were forcefully made to accept their religion and they believe that a mosque was built after razing a Hindu temple. It was only in the 1850s that the conflict erupted violently, and the Babri Masjid the disputed structure was demolished in December 1992.

For the first time in the Indian history, the verdict of SC said the site would be handed over to build a Hindu temple, and alternatively, a five-acre site for the mosque and this remarkable achievement will be creating positive sentiments for the community of India and the adorable place can make worship place of Lord Rama. The bhavya mandir is to be looked upon as unity of diversity of the subcontinent restoration of the Lord Rama temple, which speaks of people’s perception of religious sentiment beyond supervision and religiously bright.

The great temple will be designed by Chandrakant B. Sompura with his two sons in ‘Nagara’ style architecture. The bhavya mandir will be constructed with five domes and is expected to complete in the next three years. The style of Nagara in Architecture is mainly associated with the land of Himalayan Vindhyan ground. Nagara temple’s basic plan is square, with several graduated projections (rathakas) in the centre of each face giving it a cruciform outward shape. A temple tower or conical or convex shikhara marks temple elevation. The shikhara is made up of many layers of carved courses normally crowned by an amalaka (notched ring-stone). Garbhagriha is the small room in which the temple’s principal deities reside and Mandapa is the portico or hall at the entrance to the temple, usually built to accommodate a large number of men, where Vahana is the main deity’s peak, usually positioned in the sight of Garbhagriha.

A vision of Ayodhya is to make it a religious new epic centre of Hindu philosophy and its great heritage value. Therefore, the temple has been inaugurated on an auspicious date of 5th August 2020 for its Bhoomi pujan by the honourable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. There are many more things to be a vision where probably lakhs of shifting population shall be visiting the place as devotes to create multimodality last-mile connectivity, walkability in the most convenient manner. We also need to create lots of mixed land use development in respect of commercial, Dharamsala, parks, etc. to create comfort and convenience for millions of devotees for the birthplace of Lord Rama.

This will be looked upon as a source of light to realize the cosmic power and energy, which can’t be materially evaluated but only the experience can be assessed to be able to transform one’s soul, through the travel to the Ayodhya and the bhavya mandir. I, as an Architect and planner, look upon this history in making and remaking in creating the bhavya mandir of 2020 as the greatest tribute to the mankind and especially to the billions of India people across the globe having the faith, emotions and sentiments in Hindu Vedic culture, as ‘Hindu’ is a metrology and not a religion, perhaps a way of life of this large Indian sub-continent. I look upon this exclusive opportunity in creating this as a centre of excellence of unity compassion and universal love, and adoption to mankind. This step towards restoring our past perhaps can restore many more such historical religion centres, which are adorable to most of us by our soul and particularly Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva’s place of worship centres.



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