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Who is Arun Yogiraj? Ram Lalla idol sculpted by Mysuru-based sculptor to be installed in Ayodhya

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New Delhi, Jan 16: The Ram Lalla idol, crafted by Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj, is set to be installed in the temple’s ‘Garbha Griha’ on January 18, announced Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra. Champat Rai, the general secretary of the Ram Mandir Trust, confirmed that the existing Ram Lalla idol will also find its place in the sanctum sanctorum of the new Ram temple.

Champat Rai said that Ganeshwar Shastri Dravid from Varanasi has determined the auspicious timing for the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of the Ram Mandir, scheduled for 12:20 PM on January 22.

Who is Arun Yogiraj?

Yogiraj, a distinguished sculptor, hails from a five-generation lineage of renowned sculptors in Mysore. Influenced by his father and grandfather, both accomplished sculptors patronised by the King of Mysore, Yogiraj began his artistic journey at a young age.

Although he briefly pursued an MBA and worked in the corporate sector, Arun’s inherent passion for sculpting beckoned him back to the art form in 2008. Since then, his artistic prowess has flourished, allowing him to craft iconic sculptures that have garnered national acclaim.

He is known for some of his famous work like the idol of Adi Shankaracharya placed in Kedarnath and the statue of Subhash Chandra Bose placed near India Gate in New Delhi.

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About Ram Lalla idol

Arun Yogiraj said that the idol of “Ram Lalla should be of a child, who is divine too because it is the statue of the incarnation of God. People who look at the statue should feel the divinity.”

The idol is said to weigh between 150 kg to 200 kg, according to temple trust’s general secretary Champat Rai.

Consecration ceremony of the Ram temple

The grand consecration ceremony of the Ram temple is scheduled for January 22, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi presiding over the ceremony of Ram Lalla. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, along with other dignitaries, will join him on the dais. The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust has extended invitations to over 7,000 people for the event.

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