Union Minister Pralhad Joshi says, the statue of Bhagwan sculpted by Mysuru artist has been selected for installation
Birendra Singh @ EW News
New Delhi : Days after the idol of Lord Ram Lalla for ‘Pran Pratishtha’ (consecration) was finalised by the temple trust in Ayodhya, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Monday said the idol carved by Karnataka’s renowned sculptor Arun Yogiraj will adore the grand Ram temple.
In a social media post on X (formerly Twitter), Joshi said, “The selection of the idol for the Prana Pratishtapana of Lord Rama in Ayodhya has been finalised. The idol of Lord Rama, carved by renowned sculptor of our country Yogiraj Arun, will be installed in Ayodhya.”
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa also expressed joy on social media, congratulating sculptor Arun Yogiraj and expressing pride in the selection of Lord Ram’s idol for installation in Ram Mandir.
Yogiraj, on the other hand, said he had not received any official communication about the idol. “I am not sure whether my work has been selected but I came to know about it only through the media, where BJP leaders spoke,” he added.
Who is Arun Yogiraj?
Arun Yogiraj started his journey of sculpting at a young age and was heavily inspired by his father, Yogiraj, as well as his grandfather, Basavanna Shilpi. Although he pursued a degree in MBA for a brief period and worked in the corporate sector, Arun’s passion for the world of sculpture led him back into the art form in 2008.
Since then, his artistry has grown over the years, leading him to carve iconic sculptures, which have gained recognition from across the nation. His portfolio includes several impressive sculptures such as a 30-feet statue of Subhash Chandra Bose, which is displayed behind the Amar Jawan Jyoti near India Gate.
Other notable contributions to his portfolio include a 12 ft Adi Shankaracharya statue in Kedarnath, 21 ft Hanuman statue in Mysuru’s Chunchanakatte, 15 ft B R Ambedkar statue in Mysuru, a white marble stone statue of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in Mysuru, a 6ft monolithic statue of Nandi, a 6 ft Banashankari Devi statue and a 14.5 ft white marble stone statue of Mysore Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.