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Ayodhya Ram Mandir to be earthquake proof, know about the stones used

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Oct 30, 2022 8:00 AM

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The Ram Mandir, which is being built in Ayodhya on the banks of the Sarayu River, has a strong Karnataka connection. The foundation stones are being transported from the Chikkaballapur district. According to contractors and experts, these are the hardest rocks in the country. "Four Chikkaballapur companies have been chosen to supply the stones for the foundation work," said Muniraju, one of the contractors supplying the stones.

Muniraju, who also represents the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in the state, stated that these rocks are resistant to heat. "The Ram Temple complex as a whole will be earthquake-resistant." The temple foundation is 40 feet deep to ensure earthquake resistance.

The stones being brought from Chikkaballapur were tested by subjecting them to heat up to 1,500 degrees Celsius. These stones will also be tested by exposing them to freezing temperature for more than 24 hours, making them totally waterproof,” explained Muniraju.

Stones to be used for Ram Mandir foundation

The stones are sourced from quarries on the outskirts of Chikkaballapur in the villages of Gukanahalli and Adigallu Bande. The massive rocks needed for the temple are being shipped from quarries to lay the foundation for Lord Ram's sanctum sanctorum. Each stone measures 5 feet in length, 3 feet in thickness, and 2.75 feet in width. "All of the stones are granite blocks," Muniraju explained. Geologists believe the rocks in Chikkaballapur are very hard granites that formed 2,500 million years ago.

“They are very hard rocks formed due to crystallisation of granite. They are highly resistant to earthquakes,” said Professor Mahbaleshwar, a retired professor, Department of Geology, Bangalore University.

Another geologist, who did not want to be identified, stated that these rocks formed at least 3 to 3.5 billion years ago and can also be found in Ramanagara and other parts of Bengaluru. Interestingly, several findings indicate that the Himalayan Mountain ranges formed 40 or 50 million years ago, making them the world's youngest mountain range, and that the rocky terrain of Chikkabal Lapur existed long before these mountains.

Also Read: Ayodhya Ram Mandir will be a Rashtra Mandir and a symbol of India’s unity, said CM Yogi

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