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World's largest Hindu temple -Angkor Wat

The Bihar Mahavir Mandir Trust (BMMT) is going to build a bigger temple in Bihar’s Vaishali district by replicating the world largest Hindu temple in Combodia’s Angkor Wat.

The Hindu temple will be built at a cost of Rs 100 crores, the five-storied and 222-feet tall temple will come up at a sprawling campus spread over 15 acres at a place near Ismailpur village on Hajipur-Bidupur road, which will be christened as Angkor Nagar, BMMT’s secretary and ex-IPS officer Acharya Kishore Kunal said. Land worth around Rs 30 crores has already been acquired for the purpose from locals, he said.

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The proposed temple will be named ‘Virat Angkor Wat Ram Mandir‘ and it will house the statues of Radha-Krishna, Shiva-Parvati, Ganesh, Surya, Vishnu and ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

It will take up to 5 years to construct the temple and another five years to give the final finishing touches to it, Kunal said. On selection of the specific site for construction of the world’s largest Hindu temple, he said the place has mythological significance as it was said that the deities Ram, Lakshman and Vishvamitra had set their foot on the village and were welcomed by the King Sumati of the Vaishali kingdom.

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The ‘bhumi puja’ for the proposed temple will be held tomorrow, Kunal said adding the temple was being constructed to mark the centenary celebrations of the BMMTs. The Angkor Wat temple was built in Cambodia in the 12th century during the rule of the Cambodian king Suryavarman (1141-1152 AD)

Fury at plan for Indian replica of Angkor Wat

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Thousands of Hindu holy men, some naked and smeared with ash, took dips in the chilly waters of the Ganges river while surrounded by cheering, dancing supporters, on one of the most auspicious days of a festival expected to attract more than 10 million people

Naga Sadhus (naked holy men) march in a religious procession after taking a dip in the Ganges

The Kumbh Mela, touted as the largest religious gathering in the world, is celebrated every three years, rotating among four Indian cities; this time it is in the northern town of Haridwar on the banks of the Ganges

Disciples bathe their Guru on the first Shahi Snan, or royal bath

For Hindu devotees, the three-month Kumbh Mela offers the chance to wash away their sins with a ritual bath in the holy waters of the Ganges

Meanwhile in Kathmandu, Nepal a Sadhu attends Maha Shivaratri at Pashupatinath temple. More than 200,000 Hindu devotees gathered to celebrate the birthday of Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath temple is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list

Pashupatinath temple is the biggest Hindu temple of Lord Shiva in the world and is located on the banks of the Bagmati river in the eastern part of Kathmandu

Many Hindu devotees and Sadhus travel all the way from India to pay respect to Lord Pashupatinath during the Maha Shivaratri festival which falls on February 12

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