As the nation awaits the historic consecration ceremony of Ayodhya's Ram Mandir on Monday, the first glimpse of the new Ram Lalla idol was revealed yesterday. The 51-inch statue, sculpted by the talented artist Arun Yogiraj from Mysuru, was placed inside the temple amid rituals and chants.
Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje shared the first photo of the idol, portraying Lord Ram as a five-year-old child in a standing posture. The exquisite sculpture, made of black stone, will find its permanent abode in the garbha griha of the grand Ram Temple.
The sculptor Arun Yogiraj, hailing from a lineage of sculptors, dedicated immense effort and commitment to crafting this mesmerizing idol. The divine creation, adorned in the sublime Shyam Rang or dark hue, is sculpted from the sacred 'Krishna Shila' or black stone. The idol adds a touch of divine craftsmanship to the sacred space, symbolizing the culmination of battles and the rightful place of the temple. ALSO READ: Look into Ayodhya's Ram Mandir Interior: A Glimpse of Golden Sanctum Sanctorum & More!
The dream of decades has now become a reality.— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) January 19, 2024
First glimpse of Prabhu Ram Lalla.
Jai Shree Ram. pic.twitter.com/0wQb9IGUqJ
Champat Rai, Secretary of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, had expressed admiration for Yogiraj's dedication, stating, "Arun Yogiraj, a resident of Mysuru, hails from generations of sculptors… You cannot imagine the kind of life he has lived to sculpt the idol… He has not kept his phone with himself for 15 days and did not speak to his children for 15-20 days at a stretch. He was so engrossed in his work. His idol has been selected, and everyone appreciated it."
The rituals for the temple consecration commenced on January 12, leading up to the 'Pran Pratistha' ceremony on January 22. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to perform the puja for the consecration, with a team of priests led by Lakshmikant Dixit overseeing the main rituals.
PM Modi, observing strict rules and rituals, has urged the public not to visit Ayodhya on January 22, ensuring a hassle-free ceremony for the deity. He has been adhering to a simple lifestyle during this period, sleeping on the floor with only a blanket and consuming only coconut water. ALSO READ: Netizens Surprised as Major Bollywood Actors SRK, Salman & Aamir Khan Aren't Invited for Historic Ram Mandir Inauguration!
As part of the consecration ceremony, over 11,000 specially invited guests from across the country and abroad will witness the historic moment. The temple will house two idols of Lord Ram – the original idol found in 1949 and the new 51-inch statue, visible from a considerable distance, crafted by Arun Yogiraj.
The Prime Minister's call for lighting a diya in every Indian household on January 22 resonates with the symbolic illumination of joy and auspiciousness associated with the consecration of the Ram Temple.
Arun Yogiraj's divine creation, infused with intricate craftsmanship and spiritual essence, stands as a testament to the artistic dedication that has shaped this historical moment. As the nation awaits the culmination of these sacred rituals, the Ram Temple in Ayodhya is set to become a symbol of faith, unity, and divine artistry.