Patna,(BiharTimes): The Secretary of Mahavir Mandir Trust (MMT) Acharya Kishore Kunal said that the world’s largest Hindu temple project in East Champaran district of Bihar was not an exact replica of the famous Angkor Wat temple located in Cambodia.
In a Press statement he said it is not going to be exact replica of the Angkor Wat temple. The temple is going to be even larger than the Angkor Wat Temple, so it can’t be exact replica of the Angkor Wat temple which has got only 9 shikhars (spires) against 13 in the main temple and 18 in all.
The MMS Secretary described as misleading the Union Culture Minister Kumari Selja’s reply in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that India has assured Cambodia that no replica of the Angkor Wat temple will be constructed in Bihar.
According to the traditional Hindu architectural plan, the proposed temple will be ‘Go-mukh’ in shape which too is not the characteristic of Angkor Wat temple, Kunal said.
He, however conceded that the shikhar (spires) of the proposed temple has indeed been taken from the Angkor Wat temple, but its ‘Go-puram’ (gate arch) and other features are taken from some south Indian temples.
He said the Temple Trust has acquired 160 acres land for the temple project that will be spread over 90 acres of land. Its length would be 2800 ft and width 1400 ft. The main temple itself will be 1250 ft long and 1150 ft wide. Its shikhar (spires) will be 270 ft tall.
The proposed temple will be completed over the next seven to eight years.
It has already been clarified by the Trust that the said temple project was not a replica of the temple in Cambodia
Earlier reports said that India had assured Cambodia that a replica of Angkor Wat Temple would not be constructed in Bihar, citing an assurance given by the promoter of the proposed project in this regard.
The assurance came after Cambodia raised the issue following news reports that a private builder was planning to construct a replica of the Temple in Bihar.
“The Cambodian government has raised the issue of the construction of replica of Angkor Wat Temple in Bihar with the Indian Mission in ambodi,” Culture Minister Kumari Selja, told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.