Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Ksetra Trust on Monday (16 January) confirmed that the Ram Lalla murti sculpted by renowned sculptor Arun Yogiraj will be installed in the Ram Mandir on 22 January.
"The Murti sculpted on Krishna Shila, by renowned sculptor Shri Arun Yogiraj, has been selected as Shri Vigraha of Bhagwan Shri Ramlalla Sarkar," the Trust said in a post on X.
Earlier on 1 January, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi has announced that the murti of Ram Lalla sculpted by Arun Yogiraj of Mysuru has been selected for installation at the Ayodhya temple.
Speaking to news agency PTI after Joshi's announcement, Arun had said “The idol 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.”
"Keeping the divinity aspect along with the child-like face in mind, I started my work about six to seven months ago. Now I am extremely happy. More than selection, people should appreciate it. Only then, I will be happy," the sculptor added.
Yogiraj had earlier sculpted the statues of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose that has been installed at the India Gate.
Earlier in 2021, he sculpted the statue of Adi Shankaracharya which has been installed at Shri Kedarnath dham in Uttarakhand.
The large 12-foot stone sculpture of Adi Guru Shankaracharya made its journey from the workshop of sculptor Arun Yogiraj in Mysuru’s Saraswatipuram to the Samadhi sthal in Kedarnath (by road until Chamoli Airbase from where it was airlifted by the Indian Air Force to Kedarnath) where it will be installed and dedicated to the nation on 5 November 2021 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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