A colourful 3D sketch of an enormous and beautiful temple recently went viral on social media claiming that the sketch is of the upcoming Ayodhya Ram Mandir. The sketch portrayed the Mandir to be designed with golden domes and water bodies. Not only that, the viral post that is shared also mentions that, a 2,100kg bell will be placed at the temple. Along with the picture, also came a text, which reads, “Beautiful design of Ram Temple being built at Ayodhya. Congratulations to all devotees of Lord Rama…All Hindu brothers should share it”
Image taken from The Quint’s Webqoof team.(original: Screenshot/Facebook)
It claims that there would be a bell weighing 2,100 kg placed in the temple (Image taken from The Quint)
But the Quint team and found out that the viral picture is not of the Ram Temple of Ayodhya but the visualization of the ISKCON Temple of Mayapur, West Bengal. On further researching on the image, they found out that this image that went viral, with only a difference in the colour of the domes and several other images of construction of the ISKCON Temple is available on the ISKCON website. They also found an article, dated sometime in August 2010, related to the construction. The temple is under work since the last 10 years. Although the temple doors are open for public visit from February 2020, it is to be fully completed in the year 2022 and will be hailed as the largest temple in the world.
The Quint also got connected with a source at ISKCON, who confirmed that the picture that got viral is indeed the image of the Mayapur temple. When enquired about the difference in colour of the domes, the source claimed that initially ISKCON decided to keep the colour of the domes yellow. But arranging those yellow stones in such a huge quantity was proving difficult and hence, they chose to change the colour to blue.
According to the research by India Today, the actual Ram Mandir, which is known as the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, looks completely different from the one that went viral. Interviews with the temple’s architect, Nikhil Sompura, that were published also proved that both the pictures, of the viral one and the actual are nowhere alike. The actual Ram Mandir will be constructed 161 feet high and will have three floors supported by 318 pillars. The temple was initially designed between the year 1985 and 1986, the design of which is now altered to a certain extent to make it more elegant and give it a grand outlook.
The proposed design for the Ram Mandir(Photo Courtesy: The Indian Express via the Quint)
The 2,100 kg bell which is mentioned about in the false viral post, media reports shows that this subject was touched upon in the last year. According to the reports, of about 50 people were engaged in the making of this huge bell and it will worth Rs 10 lakhs. The present status of the bell is however not known. Overall, hence, is it proved that the image shared in social media is not the image of the original Ram Mandir that will be built in Ayodhya.