The construction of the temple is to start after Durga Puja in Bihar's West Champaran district.

The proposed Virat Ramayan Mandir, at Janki Nagar near Kesaria in West Champaran district, about 125 km from Patna, will stand almost double the height of world-famous 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, which is 215 feet high.

The complex will comprise of 18 temples with high spires and its Shiv temple would have the largest Shivling in the world. "The construction work will start after Durga Puja this month," Acharya Kishore Kunal, secretary of Patna-based cash-rich Mahavir Mandir Trust, said.

Kunal, a retired IPS officer and the man behind the mega project, said that work of earth filling at the 190 acre site is going on since last month.

He said that the temple would have a whopping seating capacity of 20,000 in the hall facing the main temple, which will have the idols of Ram, Sita, Luv and Kush. According to him, no temple in the world has such a huge seating capacity.

The temple is to be built at a cost of over Rs 500 crore. He said that earlier the temple was named `Virat Angkor Wat Ram Mandir' but later its name was changed following objection by some people in Cambodia.

Angkor Wat was built during Hindu king Suryavarman's rule and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site."The funds for the temple will be donated by devotees, particularly common people across the country," Kunal said.


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