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Nov 13, 2013 at 09:59pm IST

Nitish Kumar to unveil model of world's largest Hindu temple in West Champaran today

The model of the world's largest Hindu temple, with a towering height of 405 feet and a hall with a seating capacity for 20,000 in Bihar's West Champaran district, will be unveiled by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Wednesday.

The proposed Virat Ramayan Mandir, at Janki Nagar near Kesaria in West Champaran district, about 125 km from Patna, will stand almost double the height of world-famous 12th century Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, which is 215 feet high.

The complex will comprise of 18 temples with high spires, and its Shiv temple would have the largest Shivling in the world, another distinction. The temple is to be built at a cost of over Rs 500 crore.

Nitish Kumar to unveil model of world's largest Hindu temple in West Champaran today

Nitish Kumar to unveil model of world's largest Hindu temple in West Champaran today

He said earlier the temple was named 'Virat Angkor Wat Ram Mandir' but later its name was changed following objection by some people in Cambodia.

Angkor Wat was built during Hindu king Suryavarman's rule and is today a Unesco World Heritage site. "The funds for the temple will be donated by devotees, particularly common people across the country," Kunal said.

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