He is 78 years old, 15th generation of the family of Chandrakant B Sompura architects that have designed over 200 such structures, including the Akshardham, 108 Bhaktivihar, and Somnath temples of Gujarat.
On August 5, 2020, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi have laid a symbolic silver brick in the sanctum sanctorum which is the inner sanctuary of the temple site.
It is said, when the architect went to recce the site of the temple several years back, there was a lot of security so he had to disguise and enter the premise in the form of a devotee. Commenting on the events of Ashok Singhal approaching Ar Sompura three decades ago, Ashish Sompura shared, “They met and discussed its construction and then went to Ayodhya to survey the land. Since the security there was tight, my father had to disguise himself as a devotee and measure the area with his footsteps to make the master plan”.
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