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Cambodia's Angkor Vat replica to come up in eastern India


15:20, March 30, 2012

KOLKATA, India, March 30 (Xinhua) -- A bigger version of the famous 12th century Angkor Vat temple in Cambodia is set to come up in eastern India's Bihar sate, reported a local daily in Bihar 's state capital Patna Friday.

With some help from corporate houses and rich Indians abroad, it aims to be the world's largest Hindu temple, said the report.

The proposed temple in Vaishali district will be named "Virat Angkor Wat Ram Mandir". It will house the idols of Hindu gods and goddesses Radha-Krishna, Shiva-Parvati, Ganesh, Surya, Vishnu and the Dashavataram, the 10 incarnations of Vishnu.

It will take up to five years to build and another five years will go into the finishing touches.

Acharya Kishore Kunal, a retired police officer and the man behind the mega project, said it was initially decided that the temple would be built with public donations, but the plan has changed with likely financial help from business houses and rich men.

Piyush Sompura, an Ahmedabad-based temple architect, has been roped in to design it, said the report.


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