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World’s First Om-Shaped Temple Inaugurated in Rajasthan

The world’s first-ever temple designed in the iconic Om shape has been inaugurated in the village of Jadan, Pali district of Rajasthan. This architectural masterpiece, spanning across 250 acres, is not only expected to attract tourists but will also boast an impressive visual presence visible from space.

Pioneering Global Endeavor

This groundbreaking endeavor marks a significant milestone as it pioneers the creation of such a distinctive temple globally. The ‘Om Aakar’ temple, following the Nagara style commonly seen in North India, pays tribute to the region’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.

Features of the Om-Shaped Temple

  • Shaped like the Om symbol, the temple covers an area of around half a kilometer.
  • It can hold 1,008 idols of Lord Mahadev and 12 Jyotirlingas within its sacred boundaries.
  • Standing at a towering height of 135 feet, the temple is supported by 2,000 pillars and has 108 rooms on its premises.
  • The central feature is the tomb of Guru Madhavanand ji.
  • The topmost section houses a shivling made of rhinestone sourced from Dholpur.
  • An enormous tank with a capacity of 2 lakh tonnes lies underneath the complex, adding to its grandeur.

Origins and Evolution of Nagara Style Temples

  • The Nagara style of temple architecture originated in the 5th century AD and is prevalent in parts of Northern India, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh.
  • It evolved and adapted over centuries, showcasing the dynamic nature of Indian temple architecture.
  • The Nagara style gained prominence during the Gupta dynasty and continued to flourish under various regional kingdoms and empires.
  • Characterized by tower-like peaks (shikharas) symbolizing the sacred mountain Meru, these temples are closely associated with the Shaiva and Vaishnava sects of Hinduism.

Nagara Style Temple Layout and Planning

  • The architectural elements are meticulously planned to represent the cosmic order and the path of the soul towards salvation.
  • The layout contributes to the harmony and symbolism of the sacred space.

Examples of Nagara Style Temples in India

  • The Jagdish Temple in Udaipur (Rajasthan)
  • The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple in Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)

With its unique design and grand scale, the Om-shaped temple in Jadan village marks a significant achievement in Indian architecture and is set to become a prominent tourist attraction and a symbol of the region’s rich cultural heritage.

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