BIHAR: In a stellar show of communal harmony, Muslims in Bihar have donated a large portion of their land to help constructing the largest Hindu temple of the world that will have the capacity to seat an amazing number of 20,000 people.

“Muslims have not only donated land, they have also provided land at a nominal rate for construction of the world’s largest Hindu temple. Without help of Muslims, it would have been difficult realize this dream project,” Acharya Kishore Kunal, Secretary of the Patna-based cash-rich Mahavir Mandir Trust that is undertaking the ambitious project, told IANS. 

A former Indian Police Service officer Kunal informed that Muslims in the city took a step forward to make sure that the temple is built up at the earliest.

The construction of the temple will begin next month at Janki Nagar near Kesaria in East Champaran district and will cost more than Rs. 500 crore.

“It is usual for Hindus to donate land for temple, but it is unusual for Muslims to donate land for the construction of temple,” he said, adding that Muslims should certainly be appreciated for joining hands with Hindus to contribute land for a religious cause.

According to Kunal, more than three dozen Muslim families have their land in the middle of the planned location of the temple and some Muslims families have land along the main road that joins to the project spot. 

“Some Muslims donated lands and others helped and supported us to purchase their land for the temple. If Muslims had not come forward, the temple project was sure to have got delayed…”

He said that Mahavir Mandir Trust has obtained 200 acres of land. “Hindus and Muslims have donated about 50 acres of land and the remaining has been purchased.”

Some Muslims had earlier helped to raise a Hindu temple building devoted to Goddess Durga in Gaya district along with another temple that was dedicated to Lord Shiva in Begusarai district and in Sitamarhi district.

Valecha Construction Company based in Mumbai will commence the temple project that is 2,500 feet long, 1,296 feet wide and 379 feet high.

Since this temple is near the Nepal border, it will be earthquake proof, Kunal added.

Radheyshyam Sharma, director of Indgenious Studio Pvt Ltd, based in Gurgaon will undertake the architectural aspects of the project who stated that the Virat Ramayan Mandir will be taller than the world famous 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, which is 215 feet high.

The whole complex will include 18 temples with high spires and its Shiv temple would have the biggest Shivling in the world which is another difference.

The temple was earlier to be named as ‘Virat Angkor Wat Ram Mandir’ but was later changed to Virat Ramayan Mandir following objections from people in Cambodia.

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