Ram Temple will be built by Sompura family of temple architects, led by the patriarch Chandrakant Sompura who first visited the site where the Babri Masjid once stood more than 30 years ago. Chandrakant Sompura, 77, had started work on the temple to Ram Lalla in Ayodhya 30 years ago. He visited the site with then Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) president Ashok Singhal. Industrialist Ghanshyamdas Birla asked him if he would take up the Ram Mandir project, and introduced him to Singhal. Chandrakant Sompura had worked on several of the Birla temples then. From that day the journey of the family began with the temple work which is pioneering for them. So far, the family of Sompura has designed around 200 temples in India and abroad. According to them, the Bhoomipujan happens within 2-3 years. But in this case it took decades. Chandrakant Sompura cannot attend the ceremony due to his old age. But his son Ashish,49, who has made the site plan of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple, is in Ayodhya to work out the details with Larsen & Tourbo, the company that has been awarded the contract to build the temple. The art of the temple came to Ashish came from his father and his great grandfather Prabhashankar, who built Somnath Temple in Prabhas Patan on the Gujarat Coast inaugurated by the first President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad, in 1951. Prabhashankar who was later honoured with the Padma Shri, lost his son, Balwantrai, who was then 51, in an accident while Balwantrai was returning from a renovation project of the Badrinath temple. Somnath temple is cosest to their heart for them. They believe that their ancestors learnt temple building art from the divine architect Vishwakarma himself. The Sompuras, who come from Paltiana town of Bhavnagar in Gujarat, consider themselves to be ‘resident of the moon’, Som means Moon and pura means city. Their ancestors did not get any formal education. It has been passed on them from great grand father. Now his son who has joined the temple project is a trained engineer.