Renowned architect Chandrakant Sompura, acclaimed for his architectural masterpiece, the Ayodhya Ram Mandir, is set to be honored with the prestigious Honorary Fellowship by the Indian Institute of Architects.
Recognition by Indian Institute of Architects
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the field of architecture, Sompura will be conferred with the Honorary Fellowship during the National Convention of the Indian Institute of Architects in Lucknow on February 9, 2024.
Celebrating Generations of Temple Architecture
Hailing from a lineage of temple architects spanning 15 generations, Sompura has continued the legacy of his family’s architectural prowess. His grandfather, Prabhashankar Sompura, designed the renowned Somnath Mandir in Gujarat.
Architectural Marvels and Notable Projects
Sompura’s portfolio includes iconic structures like the Akshardham in Gujarat, Mumbai’s Swaminarayan Mandir, and the Birla Mandir in Kolkata, in addition to the Ayodhya Ram Mandir. Despite lacking formal training in architecture, Sompura, also known as the ‘Temple Architect’, has left an indelible mark with over 200 temple designs across India.
Past Honorees of Indian Institute of Architects
Sompura joins a prestigious list of past recipients of similar honors by the Indian Institute of Architects, including renowned figures such as Late Mahendra Raj, Shirish B. Patel, and Sonam Wangchuk.
Architectural Marvel of Ayodhya Ram Mandir
Proposed on the banks of the river Sarayu, the Ayodhya Ram Mandir showcases Sompura’s expertise in traditional Nagara style temple architecture. Constructed with materials like sandstone, granite, Mirzapur stone, and Makrana marble, the temple’s design ensures longevity, with intricate structural elements and a towering Shikhara standing at 161 feet high.