The architect behind India's Angkor Wat

Piyush Sompura of Panna Craft is the architect who has dreams of recreating the Angkor Wat in India. From a reading of the Indian media, there doesn’t seem to be any discussion about how the Cambodians feel about their project?

Amdavadi architect to recreate Angkor Wat
Times of India, 31 March 2012

Indians won’t have to go all the way to Cambodia to see Angkor Wat, considered to be one of the biggest religious structures in the world, which was constructed in the 12th century. It is thronged by 2 million visitors every year. A replica of the entire temple is slated to be constructed in the Vaishali district of Bihar. The city will have a lion’s share in executing the project as a city-based temple architect has been entrusted with the construction of the mega structure.

Piyush Sompura of Panna Craft, a city-based firm specializing in temple construction all over India, told TOI that ever since he had seen Angkor Wat, he had a dream to replicate it. The dream has been realized. “I was contacted by Bihar Mahavir Mandir Trust, the organization that was planning to make Virat Angkor Wat Ram Mandir,” he said. “It will be a temple dedicated to Lord Ram, on the outskirts of Patna and I immediately joined the project.”

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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