Chhattisgarh CM Flags Off ‘Ram Rath’ to Ayodhya Ahead of Temple Consecration | 22 Jan 2024

Why in News?

Ahead of the Ram Temple inauguration, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai and Deputy Chief Minister Vijay Sharma flagged off a 'Ram Rath' to Ayodhya.

Key Points

  • They also sent handwritten 'Jai Shri Ram' messages and placed them in the rath destined for Ayodhya.
  • Students from Raipur Convent School also contributed by placing their messages in the drop box.
  • The rath will go across the state and collect messages and wishes from the residents.

About Ram Temple

  • Layout of Ayodhya Ram Mandir:
    • The Temple is built over three 20-foot high floors each with a total of 392 pillars and 44 doors.
    • Makrana Marble and Pink sandstone, granite stone, and colored Marble are used in the construction.
    • The foundation of the temple is built of a 14-metre-thick layer of roller-compacted concrete. And a 21-foot-high granite plinth has been placed to protect against ground moisture.
    • Iron has not been used anywhere in the construction.
  • The Architectural style of the temple is Nagara style with Sanctum Sanctorum (garbhagriha), Mandaps (halls), and Mandirs.
  • At each corner of the compound will be dedicated to Surya, Bhagwati, Ganesh, Shiv. On the northern and southern arms, temples to Annapurna and Hanuman will be built respectively.
  • Temples of Maharshi Valmiki, Vashishtha, Vishwamitra, Agastya, Nishad Raj, Shabri etc have also been proposed.