In the heart of Ayodhya, where anticipation and devotion intertwine, Arun Yogiraj, the master sculptor behind the revered Bhagwan Ram Lalla murti, has emerged as a central figure in the historic narrative of the Ram Mandir. In an exclusive interview, Yogiraj shared his sentiments, describing himself as the “luckiest person on the earth.”
The atmosphere in Ayodhya is charged with excitement as the city prepares for the Pran Pratishtha at the Ram Mandir, slated for January 22, 2024. Yogiraj, with humility and reverence, spoke about the profound journey of crafting the murti that will soon grace the sanctum sanctorum.
“I feel I am the luckiest person on earth now,” Yogiraj expressed with a sense of awe. “The blessing of my ancestors, family members, and Bhagwan Ram Lalla has always been with me. Sometimes I feel like I am in a dream world, witnessing the fulfillment of a divine destiny.”
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Arun Yogiraj comes from a lineage of skilled artisans, and the craft of sculpting has been passed down through generations in his family. His hands, guided by ancestral expertise, meticulously shaped the divine form of Bhagwan Ram Lalla, the embodiment of Bhagwan Ram, who holds profound significance for millions of devotees across the nation.
As Ayodhya prepares to witness the culmination of centuries-old aspirations with the Pran Pratishtha, Yogiraj reflects on the spiritual journey intertwined with his artistic endeavors. “Crafting the murti of Bhagwan Ram Lalla was not just a physical process; it was a spiritual odyssey,” he remarked.
Yogiraj shared insights into the intricate details of the sculpting process, describing the moments when he felt the divine presence guiding his hands. “There were moments during the creation of the murti when it felt like an unseen force was directing me. It was as if Bhagwan Ram himself was overseeing the manifestation of his divine form,” he revealed.
Beyond the artistic challenges, Yogiraj emphasised the emotional and spiritual connection he developed with the creation. “Every stroke, every chisel mark, became a prayer. I poured my heart and soul into it, knowing that this murti is not just a piece of art but a living embodiment of devotion for millions.”
As the date of the Pran Pratishtha draws near, Yogiraj expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support he received from the community. “The unity and collective faith of the people of Ayodhya and beyond have been inspiring. It’s not just the murti; it’s a symbol of our shared devotion and belief in the divinity of Bhagwan Ram,” he shared.
Arun Yogiraj’s craftsmanship has not only shaped a divine form but also become a pivotal part of the collective spiritual journey of a nation. As Ayodhya transforms into a center of celebration and anticipation, Yogiraj’s sentiments mirror the sentiments of millions, eagerly awaiting the historic moment when the murti of Bhagwan Ram Lalla will find its eternal abode in the newly constructed Ram Mandir.