The Black stone idol of Ram Lalla that has been carved by Mysuru sculptor Arun Yogiraj has made it to the sanctum sanctorum of the grand Ayodhya temple. The two other idols that were being considered will be now placed in other parts of the temple. Carved by Rajasthan’s Satyanarayan Pandey the idol is made up of white marble.
The white marble idol
The trust currently owns the white marble idol. Ram Lalla is depicted holding a golden bow and arrow. A structure resembling an arch stands behind the god and is covered in smaller sculptures that show Lord Vishnu in different guises. The idol displays incredible artistry since the clothing and jewelry that adorn the god are carved from marble. The idol’s measurements match those specified by the trust in charge of the temple’s construction.
According to the National Institute of Rock Mechanics HS Venkatesh, the 51-inch black granite idol that currently graces the temple’s sanctum sanctorum was carved out of a rock that is 2.5 billion years old.
Rock used in sculpting
“The rock is highly durable and resistant to climatic variation and will sustain thousands of years in this subtropical zone with minimum maintenance,” he added.
The rock has been excavated from Gujjegowdanapura in Mysuru and was brought from Karnataka. According to reports a local contractor drew attention to the quality of the rock after it was found in a leveling exercise on agricultural land.
On Monday the Pran Pratishtha ceremony concluded, expressing his joy the Sculptor said it was the best day of his life. “I have always felt that Lord Ram has been shielding me and my family from all the bad times, and I strongly believe that it was Him who chose me for the auspicious task. I spent sleepless nights working on the idol with precision, but it was all worth it. I feel I am the luckiest person on Earth and today is the best day of my life,” he told PTI.
Apart from Mr. Yogiraj and Mr. Pandey, Ganesh Bhatt from Karnataka also carved a sculpture. The idol carved by Mr Ganesh Bhatt was also considered to be placed in the Grabha Griha. This too will be placed on the temple premises somewhere.
The construction of the Temple is still underway. Large parts of the temple are not yet constructed, including the first floor, where the idols of Raja Ram along with idols of Mata Sita, Laxman, and Hanuman will be placed.