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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Ayodhya Dham Railway Station, Inaugurated by PM Modi, Boasts Country’s Largest Concourse and Unique Temple-Inspired Design

The Ayodhya Dham railway station, set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 30, is a remarkable blend of modern solutions and traditional Indian temple architecture aesthetics. With an estimated project cost of Rs 430 crore, the station complex features the “country’s largest concourse” and a central dome inspired by Lord Ram’s Chandra ‘Mukut’ (crown). The design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional, with a capacity to handle one lakh passengers.

The G+2 model (ground plus middle and first floor) station complex is equipped with various amenities, including retiring rooms, dormitories, and dedicated spaces for station staff. The roof design, inspired by lotus petals, and the chakra (discus) representing the sun, add symbolic elements to the architecture. Two shikars on the building draw inspiration from the Janaki temple, with seven mandapas between them.

The Ayodhya Dham station design prioritizes energy efficiency, allowing ample natural light during the day. Rainwater harvesting and a sewage treatment plant for water recycling contribute to environmental sustainability.

The heritage path connecting the main Ayodhya junction terminal with the highway and temple will have underground power and telephone cables. The path will showcase a ‘treta yuga’ facade along its route until the Ram temple.

The middle floor of the station includes various amenities such as retiring rooms, dormitories, and dedicated spaces for station staff. Notably, an infant care room is prominently featured, providing medical attention to infants of passengers.

Phase 2 of the station development is already underway, covering three platforms with the concourse. The Ayodhya Dham station stands as a symbol of architectural excellence and functionality, embracing the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the region.

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