Patna: The bhumi puja for the world's largest temple, which will come up in an 100-acre plot in Bihar's East Champaran district, was conducted today, Mahavir Mandir Trust (MMT) Secretary Acharya Kishore Kunal said.
The bhumi puja was performed by eight priests at the site for the successful completion of the grand Rs 200-crore project, he said.
The Ram temple is being built at a specific site where legend has it that Lord Rama and his wife Janaki had arrived here after their marriage on way to Ayodhya, Kunal said.
He said that the architectural designs of the proposed temple has been drawn from the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia and Madurai and Rameshwaram temples in Tamil Nadu.
The temple will have 18 shikhars (spires) that will replicate ones of the Angkor Wat temple and 18 sanctum sanctorums, the MMT Secretary said, adding that six of these spires had been copied from the South Indian temples.
The entire temple area will cover 2,800 ft in length and 1,500 ft in width while the main temple will be 1,240 ft long, 1,150 ft wide and 270 ft in height, he said.
The main sanctum sanctorum would have idols of Ram, Sita, Lava-Kush and Maharshi Valmiki, he said, adding that the sacred sanctorum will be built with stones from Chunar in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh.
The construction of the temple will be completed in about 7-8 years as per designs prepared by renowned architect Piyush Sompura, Kunal said.
The world's largest temple will be know as 'Viraat Ramayan Temple', he said.