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Blueprint of Ayodhya’s mosque complex unveiled

  • Published at 07:55 pm December 20th, 2020
Anondo Ayodhya mosque’s design
Anondo Ayodhya mosque’s design Dhaka Tribune

A specialized hospital, community kitchen and library are part of the blueprint, which the trust responsible in charge of building it at Dhannipur village unveiled on Saturday

The first architectural plan of the mosque in India’s Ayodhya has been unveiled. 

A specialized hospital, community kitchen and library are part of the blueprint, which the trust responsible in charge of building it at Dhannipur village unveiled on Saturday.

The foundation stone of the mosque complex will be laid on January 26, the Republic Day of India, reports India Today.

The five-acre land for the complex was allocated by the Uttar Pradesh government following a Supreme Court verdict last year in the Babri Masjid case, which also paved the way for a temple in Ayodhya.

The Babri mosque was demolished on December 6, 1992 by right-wing Hindu groups who claimed that an ancient Ram temple stood at the same site.

Following the Supreme Court’s order, the Uttar Pradesh State Sunni Central Waqf Board had formed a trust, Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF), to construct the mosque and other utilities on the plot.

The mosque will have a “cosmic” design resembling the spherical earth cushioned in space. Interestingly, it will not have the stereotypical domes, minarets or arches, which marked Islamic structures in the Indian subcontinent.

The rectangular layout of the complex also includes a specialized hospital, community kitchen and a museum housed in a multi-storey vertical structure. These will be metres away from the mosque and a century-old Sufi shrine will be in between.

As many as 2,000 people will be able to offer prayer at a time and will be four times bigger than Babri Mosque. The 300-bed hospital complex will be six times the size of the mosque.

“Zero carbon footprint will be the defining theme of the mosque complex, keeping in mind global climate change,” said Athar Hussain, secretary of the IICF.

Architect, Professor SM Akhtar, the dean of the faculty of architecture of Jamia Millia Islamia University, who designed the mosque complex said the mosque’s architecture is unique when it comes to religious structures across the world. 

“This round-shaped mosque imbibes modernity breaking away from the past and will mirror the future in the truest spirit of Islam. We are also laying emphasis on hospital, library and other facilities to serve society,” Akhtar said.

President of the Trust, Zufar Faruqi, and secretary Athar Hussain were present at the unveiling ceremony while Akhtar and curator Pushpesh Pant joined in through a video link.

The mosque will be built on 3,500 square metres of land while the hospital and other facilities will straddle an area of 24,150 square metres. The structure is expected to be ready in two years.

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