Meet Arun Yogiraj: The Karnataka Sculptor Behind The Chosen Ram Lalla Idol For Ayodhya Ram Temple

Arun Yogiraj

In a momentous decision, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple Construction Committee selected Arun Yogiraj Ram Lalla’s idol for the Ayodhya temple. This recognition highlights the artist’s exceptional skill and dedication in crafting a representation of Lord Ram that resonates with the spiritual essence of the temple. The selection is seen as a significant milestone in the ongoing construction of the historic temple. As we delve into the details, discover the profound significance of this sculptural marvel and the skilled hands behind its creation.


Arun Yogiraj Ram Lalla: A Chosen Representation

Arun Yogiraj Ayodhya Ram Lalla Idol
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In a meticulous selection process, the Ram Janmbhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust chose Arun Yogiraj’s 51-inch-tall Ram Lalla idol. This divine portrayal of Lord Ram’s childhood form is set to grace the sanctum sanctorum of the Ram Temple. The idol will be featured prominently during the upcoming consecration ceremony, Pran-Pratishtha, scheduled for January 22. The culmination of this process marks a significant step towards the temple’s completion.


Arun Yogiraj Sculptural Journey: From Karnataka To Ayodhya

Arun Yogiraj Karnataka Sculptor
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Arun Yogiraj, a skilled Karnataka artisan, is the craftsman responsible for the chosen idol. His sculptural finesse and spiritual connection manifest in every curve of the idol. This marks a momentous occasion for Yogiraj and Karnataka, adding a new chapter to its artistic legacy.


Karnataka’s Artisan For Ayodhya’s Glory


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Union Minister Pralhad Joshi confirmed the selection on social media, expressing Karnataka’s pride as the birthplace of Hanuman. Crafted by a renowned artisan from this ‘land of Hanuman,’ the Ram Lalla idol is poised to find its pride of place at the Ram Temple on January 22. This choice symbolizes the inseparable relationship between Lord Ram and Hanuman, adding a profound cultural connection to the temple. Minister Joshi’s announcement underscores Karnataka’s cultural significance on this momentous occasion.


Arun Yogiraj Vision

Arun Yogiraj, reflecting on his creation, emphasized the divine essence a child’s Lord Ram form should embody. His meticulous work, initiated six to seven months ago, aimed to encapsulate both the divinity and childlike innocence of the incarnation of God. For Yogiraj, the idol is not just a selection but an artistic expression deserving of appreciation.


A Glimpse Into Yogiraj’s Legacy


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Hailing from a family with a rich sculptural heritage, Arun Yogiraj is the torchbearer of five generations of famous sculptors in Mysore. His grandfather, Basavanna Shilpi, enjoyed patronage from the King of Mysore, and Yogiraj continues this legacy with his exceptional craftsmanship.


Notable Works


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Yogiraj’s portfolio showcases monumental creations, such as a 28-foot statue of Subhash Chandra Bose in Delhi. His repertoire includes a 12-foot tall statue of Adi Shankaracharya in Kedarnath and a 21-foot tall Hanuman statue in Mysore. His artistry extends to a 15-foot tall statue of Dr. BR Ambedkar, a monolithic statue of Nandi, and numerous other pieces, illustrating a diverse range of subjects and themes. Yogiraj’s body of work reflects his versatility and skill in capturing various aspects of art and culture.


A Mother’s Pride In Her Son’s Triumph


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Yogiraj’s mother, Saraswathi, expressed her happiness at the family’s proudest moment. She shared her anticipation of witnessing the idol on the grand installation day at the Ram Temple. For her, the culmination of her son’s artistic journey is a moment of immense joy and fulfillment.

Arun Yogiraj’s Ram Lalla idol, set to grace the Ayodhya Ram Temple, symbolizes a seamless blend of artistry and devotion. This sculpture represents not only Yogiraj’s individual brilliance but also reflects Karnataka‘s cultural richness in India’s diverse heritage. The idol’s eternal abode in the temple holds great significance, bridging art and spirituality. Yogiraj’s creation embodies a powerful cultural connection in the heart of India.

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Gauri Goel
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