Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): The biggest church in Mizoram and the only Solomon’s Temple in South-East Asia, constructed by the Holy Church (Kohhran Thianghlim) was dedicated to God on Christmas day by Dr. L.B. Sailo, Chairman, Executive Committee of the Holy Church.
Before unveiling the dedication plaque, Dr. Sailo said that he dedicated the temple for the eternal dwelling of God. He invoked the Holy Spirit to appear in the people’s heart whenever there are gatherings in the church.
“Jesus Christ of Nazareth shall be eternally glorified in this Temple,” he said.
All the participants in unison shouted “Halleluiah Amen” three times and the temple was officially open for the church members.
The foundation stone of the temple was laid on December 23, 1996. The architectural design was fabricated by Dr. L.B. Sailo who is said to have been shown in a dream the detailed design and structure of the temple in 1991.
The faces of the temple are aligned in all directions – south, north, east and west. There are 12 doors, four pillars, four towers and there are no columns in the Temple. Constructed with Busleara marble on the outer wall, the flooring is done with red sandstone. Each side of the temple is 180 ft. at length with the porch, and the inner hall is 120 ft. on all four sides. The seating capacity of the main hall is 3000 people and a big compound with lush green vegetation encircles the building. The Temple bagged the Government of Mizoram’s ‘Green Mizoram Outstanding Performance’ in the years 1999 and 2000.
The cost of construction is Rs 18 crores, including Rs 10 crores for procuring materials, Rs 3.50 crores for skilled labour, and Rs 4.50 crores in community labour. For a total number of 3,00,000 manpower, the church members were involved in the construction through community/voluntary labour.
The Holy Church was established in 1984 by Dr. L.B Sailo and its census has never been to enumerate the church members. However, according to the church, “the members include first-born again Christians and whose names are enrolled in heaven”.
In Mizoram, the church is divided into seven divisions with various local churches under them. The highest administrative body of the Holy Church is called The Executive Committee.