The Maa Vaishno Devi Dham at Vrindavan hosts an array of statues, articles, and abodes which are awe-inspiring not only because of their architecture but also in their very existence at such a holy place.
Maa Vaishno's Murti
Maa Vaishno's Murti (Statue) is the star attraction of the Dham. This statue is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on the Dham land, which is situated at the world-renowned land of childhood homeland of Lord Shri Krishna.
The statue of Maa Vaishno has been built by Shri Chaudhry to thank the goddess for all the love, affection and care she has bestowed on her staunch devotee. The statue has been designed and built by a team of young artists, namely Mr Manoj Das, Mr. Ashish Tanwar & Mr. Vinit Chaudhary and experienced architecture form, M/s Designwell India (P) Ltd. with its Chief Consultant & Architech, Mr Arun Verma. The team has beautifully translated Mr Chaudhry's vision in to a grand idol for centuries to come.
The statue is an elegant rendition of goddess Vaishno Maa in a vibrant red colour indian saree adorning graceful imitation trinkets and elegant weapons of the goddess, which signify her authority and protectionism. The statue of the goddess could not have been complete without her royal carrier, Lion. The statue is seated charmingly atop her ferocious carrier. Right next to this splendid figurine, there is a striking a totem of god Shri Hanuman, the guardian of Maa Vaishno. This figure is an epitome of absolute altruism for its devotees, along with it being a very clear symbol of strength & protectionism for its advocates. The most remarkable part of this structure is that it stands tall and mighty on top of the roof of a capacious temple of Maa Vaishno.
The total mass of the statue at the foundation level including that of lion and platform above is approximately 1,700 ton. The making of this paired idol employed approximately over 400 tons of the steel and concrete, including all the objects, weapons and accessories that the Maa (The Mother Goddess) keeps with her.
To provide stability and strength to this giant statue, a Raft Foundation has been provided at a depth of 4.0 meter below the natural ground level. The Raft Foundation consists of Beams of 1.5 meter deep connecting the inner core with 700mm thick slab between them. Columns have been taken from the raft at the point of each leg of the lion and where the deity - Shri Hanuman Ji is sitting in front of Maa Vaishnodevi. A massive slab with beam size 2000mmX2600mm has been provided between these major columns with 750 mm slab in between and the whole load of lion and the statue has been transferred at this level, by design. Above this level (at 55'-0" level) steel structure has been provided along with various components of the structure.
To ensure the firmness of the structure, a dynamic analysis has been performed for a wind speed of 47m/sec and earthquake zone of IV as per IS 1893. In addition, the results were also verified manually for the forces and the moments calculated using computerized software.
The Skelton of steel structure has been fabricated at site using box section technique. Ductility has been added as per prevailing IS code in steel structure. Outer shape of the Statue, Lion, Lord Hanuman has been constructed by wrapping welded wire fabrics to the steel members and finishing it with cement, sand and mortar.
While constructing this magnificent structure, many challenges were faced regarding the cantilever design of Tail of Lion, Gadda (Mace), Chakra (Spinning wheel), Trishul (Trident), Dhanush (Bow), Shankha (Conch Shell) and Flower. All this was intelligently managed with time tested mathematical calculations and the best engineering practices available.
Total height of Maa Vaishnodevi Murti from the ground level of the temple (which is 3'-6" below the road level) is 141 feet. The height of the Lion of Maa Vaishnodevi is about 35'-6" from road level, from where height of Maa Vaishnodevi is about 102'-0". The various dimension of Lion, Hanumanji and the objects carried by Maa Vaishnodevi is given below.
|Height /Length of objects which Maa Vaishno Devi holds in eight hands:|
|Gadda (A Mace)||37 feet long with globe being 8 feet in diameter|
|Shankh (Conch shell)||8 feet 6 inches long and 4 feet 6 inches wide|
|Dhanush (Bow)||43 feet inches in height|
|Talwar (Sword)||30 feet long and handle of sword itself 6 feet 6 inches|
|Trishul (Trident)||63 feet long and 12 wide from top|
|Chakra (Spinning Wheel)||Chakra (Spinning Wheel)|
|Kamal Phool (Lotus Flower)||17 feet 6 inches length with diameter of flower 5 feet 6 inches|
|Height of lion||50 feet|
|Length of lion||87 feet|
|Length of lion's tail||54 feet|
|Cantilever of tail||22 feet|
|Hanuman Ji statue height:|
|Height of Hanuman Ji||32 feet|
|Hanuman Ji tail||38 feet long|
|Length of his Gadda||26 feet|