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Muslims give land for world’s largest temple

Muslims in Bihar have donated land to help build the world’s largest Hindu temple which will have the capacity to seat 20,000 people. “Muslims have not only donated the 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 to realise this dream project,” Acharya Kishore Kunal, secretary of the Patna-based Mahavir Mandir Trust that is undertaking the ambitious project, said. The construction of the temple will commence this month at Janki Nagar near Kesaria in East Champaran district. It will cost over 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 and added that Muslims should be lauded for joining hands with Hindus to donate land for a pious cause.

Kunal said that more than three dozen Muslim families have their land in the middle of the proposed location of the temple and some Muslims families have land along the main road that connects to the project site. “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.” He said 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 complex will comprise 18 temples with high spires and its Shiv temple would have the largest Shivling in the world, another distinction.

Earlier, some Muslims had helped build a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Durga in Gaya district as well other temples dedicated to God Shiva in Begusarai district and in Sitamarhi district. Mumbai-based Valecha Construction Company will construct the temple, which will be 2,500 feet long, 1,296 feet wide and 379 feet high.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2015 on page no. 1

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