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Friday , December 28 , 2012
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Temple funds plea to NRIs

- Name change compels religious trust to alter scheme

The Bihar State Religious Trust Board has decided to approach non-resident Indians (NRIs) directly to raise donations to fund the construction of the world’s largest temple in the state.

Acharya Kishore Kunal, the board chairman, said: “We have realised that NRIs might not relate with the temple following the trust’s decision to change the name of Viraat Angkor Wat Ram temple to Viraat Ramayan Mandir. That might lead to problems in collecting Rs 300 crore for its construction. So, I would convince NRIs to fund the project during my upcoming 10-day trip to US.”

He added: “The Cambodian government protested against copying the structure of their temple. People from across the country sent messages asking why we could not build a better and bigger temple than the Cambodian Angkor Wat Temple. So, we decided that the temple at Kesaria would be totally different.”

He added: “I will write letters to all chief ministers in India asking donations for the temple. The temple would be built on 90 acres, while 100 acres would be used for other purposes. The same campus would have Raghav Arogya Mandir General Hospital to offer free medical treatment to rural people and Ramayan Institute of Higher Studies to teach Ramayan written in different languages.”