Arun Yogiraj, the creator of Ram Lalla idols, upon arriving in Ayodhya


Arun Yogiraj, the creator of Ram Lalla idols, upon arriving in Ayodhya

The Karnataka sculptor Arun Yogiraj, whose idol was chosen to be the Ram Lalla in the Ayodhya temple, referred to himself as the "luckiest person on earth". He made these comments subsequent to the 'Pran Pratishtha' ritual.


The Karnataka artist Arun Yogiraj, whose idol was chosen to represent Ram Lalla in the Ayodhya shrine, referred to himself as the “luckiest person on earth” on Monday. He claimed to be “living a dream” like this. And he had good cause to think so.

Several statues have been created by fifth-generation sculptor Arun Yogiraj. But the world has never looked forward to an idol molded by him more than now.

Thus, Arun Yogiraj was understandably overjoyed on January 22, the day of the Ram Lalla idol that he had sculpted, more so than before.

Today, January 22, the idol’s scarf concealing its eyes was taken off, revealing the deity’s face to the public. The entire globe became enthralled.

Who is Arun Yogiraj?

  • Arun Yogiraj is a sculptor of distinction who comes from a five-generation family of well-known Karnataka sculptors.
  • At an early age, Yogiraj began his voyage into the world of sculpture, greatly influenced by his grandfather, Basavanna Shilpi, who was supported by the King of Mysore, and father, Yogiraj.

  • Yogiraj worked in the business world and briefly pursued an MBA, but his natural love of sculpture pulled him back into the field in 2008.

  • Yogiraj’s artistic talent has now blossomed, enabling him to produce sculptures that are recognized across the country.

  • A 30-foot statue of Subhash Chandra Bose is one of the many striking sculptures in Yogiraj’s portfolio. It is prominently displayed behind the Amar Jawan Jyoti, which is located near India Gate in New Delhi.


“I believe that right now, I am the luckiest person alive. I have always had the blessings of my family, Lord Ram Lalla, and my forefathers. I feel like I’m in a dream world sometimes,” Yogiraj remarked on Monday.

He made these comments following the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ event, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi served as the principal ‘jajman’ at the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

The blindfold was taken off today and the completed form of the idol was revealed just before the ‘pran pratishtha’ ceremony.


Last Monday, the idol of Ram Lalla—which shows the god as a five-year-old standing on a lotus—was installed in the temple.

The 51-inch black stone idol, which was crafted by Arun Yogiraj, was hidden behind a veil in the days preceding the ceremony today.

The Ram temple’s “pran pratishtha,” or consecration ritual, was led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. He had been preparing for this momentous occasion by carefully adhering to an intense 11-day set of religious rites.

“He is a youthful, courteous, and joyous man. He also constructed the statues of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Delhi’s India Gate and Adi Shankaracharya in Kedarnath, according to Rai.

“He gave his work his whole attention. He worked so hard that he didn’t speak to his family or kids for fifteen days,” he continued.

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra chose three sculptors, including Arun Yogiraj, to create an idol of “Ram Lalla.”

Arun Yogiraj is the most sought-after sculptor in the nation, deriving from a family tradition of five generations of outstanding sculptors in Mysore.

States are contacting him for achiever statues because of his high demand for his abilities.

Arun’s brilliance has also been acknowledged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Arun has been carving since he was a little child. He completed an MBA program and worked in the corporate world for a little while before resuming his natural passion in 2008.

Arun’s grandfather, Basavanna Shilpi, was favored by the King of Mysore, and his father, Yogiraj, is also a talented sculptor.

Arun’s significant creations include a 12-foot statue of Adi Shankaracharya in Kedarnath, a 30-foot statue of Subhash Chandra Bose at India Gate, and numerous other statues, such as those of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Dr. BR Ambedkar.

His achievements have been recognized by institutions and even the Mysore royal family.


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