Bihar Angkor Wat foundation laid

The foundation stone to the replica Angkor Wat in Bihar was laid in a ceremony last week.

Foundation laid for Angkor Wat-replica in Bihar
News Track India, 21 June 2012

The foundation laying ceremony for an Indian replica of Cambodia’s world-famous Angkor Wat temple was conducted in Bihar’s West Champaran district Thursday, organisers said.

Hindu priests from Varanasi were called to offer prayers at the function, said Acharya Kishore Kunal, secretary of Mahavir Mandir Trust that is building the temple complex.

The complex would come up in about 100 acres at a cost of Rs.600 crore, he added.

Kishore Kunal said the temple’s construction plan has been revised and it would be bigger than the 12th century temple in Cambodia, considered by some as the largest Hindu temple complex in the world.

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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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