The temple named 'Viraat Ramayan Mandir' will built like the well-known Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. It will have a height of 405 feet and will be twice as that of the 215-feet high erstwhile Cambodian structure. Angkor Wat is known as the biggest Hindu temple in the world.
The temple will occupy over 190 acres in Janaki Nagar, near Kesaria in Motihari.
The man behind the temple is Acharya Kishore Kunal, the secretary of Patna-based Mahavir Mandir Trust. Kunal said the work of earth filling at the 190 acre site is going on since September. Kunal is a former IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre. He was an interlocutor in the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmbhoomi dispute in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
Intersetingly, Nitish Kumar unveils the model of the massive temple just days after his political rival and Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi inaugurated work on a Sardar Patel statue, billed as the world's tallest at about 600 feet, which is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US.
(With agency inputs)