The unveiling of the ‘Ram Lalla’ idol at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple in Ayodhya marked a momentous occasion, celebrated globally. Crafted by Musuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj, the 21 feet tall idol now graces the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Temple.
Selection by Divine Calling:
Arun Yogiraj, a fifth-generation sculptor, expressed his belief that Lord Ram chose him for this sacred task.
Acknowledged the divine protection he and his family have received during challenging times.
Sculpted the 12-foot-tall idol of Adi Shankaracharya in Kedarnath and Subhas Chandra Bose’s statue near India Gate, Delhi.
Other works include a 21 feet tall Hanuman statue, 15 feet tall Dr B R Ambedkar statue, and a statue of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
Sleepless Nights and Dedication:
Yogiraj detailed sleepless nights dedicated to meticulously crafting the ‘Ram Lalla’ idol.
Described the rewarding feeling as the “best day” of his life upon completion.
Yogiraj’s wife, Vijeta, shared insights into his dedication, sacrifices, and family’s support during the idol’s creation.
Highlighted the compensation of sacrifices with the joyous outcome.
Holds an MBA from the University of Mysore.
Initially worked in the HR Department but later embraced the family tradition of sculpting.
Choice of Material:
The idol is crafted from a three-billion-year-old rock known as “Krishna Shile” or black schist.
Excavated from Gujjegowdanapura in H.D. Kote Taluk, chosen for its smooth surface texture.
Donation and Future Plans:
Ramadas, the landowner of the excavation site, pledged four ‘guntas’ of his land for the Ram temple’s construction.
Special rituals for the temple’s foundation laying were performed at the stone’s discovery spot.
Yogiraj is requested to create another idol for the temple, with the trust planning to place three idols in different parts of the Ram Mandir.
This detailed overview encapsulates Arun Yogiraj’s journey as the sculptor behind the iconic ‘Ram Lalla’ idol, showcasing his dedication, family support, and significant contributions to various sculptures.