Law Kumar Mishra

Patna : The world’s tallest Hindu temple -440 feet   in height- will be constructed at Jankinagar,120 km from here in West Champaran district, with the tehnical support of  Larsen and Tourbo company and expertise from the National Institute of Technolgy ,Tiruchirapalli. The temple complex to be spread  over 165 acre will have temples of Lord Hanuman, Lord Ram and Lord Shiva. It is being constructed in Dravidian design and would not be a replica of Angkor Vat in Cambodia.

The government of Cambodia had earlier objected to construction of the temple on Angkor Vat pattern and country’s ambassador had visited West Champaran twice to raise objections. Now, the Mahavir Mandir trust, which is constructing the temple, has decided to follow Dravidian designs and not copy Angkor Vat, Trust secretary Kishore Kunal said here on December 10.
Three experts from Tamil Nadu on temple structural engineering visited Jankiinagar and hoped the first phase of the tempe would be ready in next two years at a cost of Rs 200 crore. The entire temple complex which will have buildings on Mahablipuram and Tanjour patterns would cost Rs 1,000 crore and would be ready in seven years.

Dr C Natrajan, professor of civil engineering at NIT, Tiruchirapalli, said the team has expertise in constructing temples as they have built 58 temples including 20 of Lord Hanuman in the country and abroad.The Ram temple will have a height of 440 feet, Shivalinga 44 feet and Hanuman statue will be 18 feet high. The entire complex will have 130 shikhars (tops) and five Gopurams on Tamilnadu temple pattern. C Natrajan, vice-president of L&T, said this was the dream project of his life and his company would provide men and machine support. India’s biggest lamp post in temple (deep stambh) will be installed at the temple.

The Trust will collect donations through coupons of Rs 7,707 issued by Allahabad Bank. Mahavir mandir trust has created fund from its internal resources to construct the first phase of the temples. Trust’s secretary Kishore Kunal is a 1972 batch IPS of Gujarat cadre who took VRS eight years before his retirement .

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