Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi officially announced that the idol
carved by Karnataka’s renowned sculptor Arun Yogiraj has been selected the grand
Ram temple in Ayodhya. The announcement came within days of the temple trust
finalising the idol for the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla.
Announcement By Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister
In a social media post on X, the minister 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
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa expressed happiness on social
media. He congratulated sculptor Arun Yogiraj and expressed pride in the selection of
Lord Ram’s idol.
Yogiraj, speaking on news of the achievement, said he had not received any official
communication so far 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 have
mentioned it," he added.
Arun Yogiraj – Know The Sculptor
Arun Yogiraj started his journey of sculpting at a young age. Sculpting was in his
genes as he was deeply inspired by his father, Yogiraj, and his grandfather,
Basavanna Shilpi. After completing his basic education, he became a graduate and
pursued an MBA degree, going on to work in the corporate sector for a while.
However, his deep-rooted passion for sculpting led him back to the art form in 2008.
Ever since, he has devoted himself to his craft, honing his skill over the years. His
artistry has grown over the years, inspiring him to carve sculptures of eminent
personalities. His portfolio includes several impressive sculptures including a 30-feet
statue of Subhash Chandra Bose, that is displayed behind the Amar Jawan Jyoti near
India Gate, New Delhi.
Other notable creations of his include a 12-feet Adi Shankaracharya statue in
Kedarnath, a white marble stone statue of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in
Mysuru, a 21- feet Hanuman statue in Mysuru’s Chunchanakatte, 15- feet statue of B
R Ambedkar in Mysuru, a six ft Banashankari Devi statue, a six feet monolithic statue
of Nandi, and a 14.5 ft white marble stone statue of the Mysore Maharaja