The under-construction Chandrodaya Mandir in Vrindavan, designed to be the world’s tallest temple, will have its foundation five metres deeper than the famous Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
“The foundation of the Burj Khalifa is 50 metres. The temple’s foundation is 55-metre deep. The foundation will have 511 columns, which will be completed by March next year,” said Narasimha Das, senior Vice-President and project director of the temple.
“The work of 140 columns are completed till now and rest columns are under construction,” he said.
The temple is unique for a number of reasons, including its height, forests and theme park.
“The attractions planned in the theme park would be like dark rides, animatronics, light, sound and special effects as well as the Vraja Mandal parikrama shows and laser shows, that celebrate the various lilas of Krishna in different forests of Vrindavan,” Das said.
“Besides, the park will also feature a Yamuna Creek, musical fountains, day and night floats, gardens, lawns, water features and others,” he said.
It will have four temples and 12 forests. These forests, designed next to the temple, will be recreation of 12 forests of Vraja.
“The 12 forests will be Madhuvana, Talavana, Kumudavana, Bahulavana, Kamyavana, Khadiravana, Vrindavana, Bhadravana, Bilvavana (Belvan), Lohavana (Lauhavana), Bhandiravana and Mahavana,” Das said.
“The structure will be in a plus sign with four temples on each end. These temples will be of Krishna-Radha, Krishna- Balram, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Swami Prabhupada,” he added.
The temple, conceptualised by devotees of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Bangalore will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 700 crore by 2022.
It will be the tallest temple of the world with height of about 700 feet.
“Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will have a height of 700 feet or 210 metres, thrice the height of 72.5-metre Qutub Minar in Delhi,” Das said.