Arun Yogiraj, the Mysuru-based sculptor of the Ram Lalla idol which was recently installed at the newly built Ram Temple in Ayodhya, shared pictures of the tools he used to carve the deity’s “divine eyes”.
“Thought of sharing this silver hammer with the golden chisel using which I carved the divine eyes (Netronmilana) of Ram Lalla,” Yogiraj wrote while sharing the photo on X (formerly known as Twitter).
The eyes carved on the 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla made from shyam shila (blue-black stone) captivated the hearts of many devotees when it was revealed on January 22.
The idol of Lord Ram in his child form adorned with a bow and arrow was installed at the temple in Ayodhya on January 18, days before the Pran Pratishtha ceremony on Jan 22.
After the grand ceremony, Arun Yogiraj called himself the “luckiest person on earth” and said it was as if he was “living a dream”. In an interview with Aaj Tak TV, the sculptor said he was merely following Lord Ram’s order when he was sculpting the idol.
He was among the three sculptors selected by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra to carve an idol of ‘Ram Lalla’.