The Ram Temple in Ayodhya recently conducted a pran-pratistha ceremony for a new 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla sculpted by Arun Yogiraj. This addition brings the total Ram Lalla idols in the temple to four, including the original one. The selected idol was chosen for its representation of child-like innocence, divinity, and royalty. Two other 51-inch idols by Ganesh Bhatt and Satya Narayan Pandey, though not chosen for the ceremony, will be honored on the first and second floors of the temple, respectively. The Trust affirms that all idols will remain in the temple.
The original idol of Ram Lalla will be positioned in front of the newly installed 51-inch idol, while the other two idols will be consecrated on the first and second floors of the temple. Following the pran-pratistha ceremony for the 51-inch idol sculpted by Arun Yogiraj on Monday, Ayodhya's Ram Temple will house a total of four Ram Lalla idols: the existing one, the newly placed idol in the sanctum sanctorum, and the two others not chosen for the pran-pratishtha. The authorities have confirmed that all these idols will be retained within the temple.
The 51-inch idol of Ram Lalla, crafted by Arun Yogiraj from Karnataka, has been positioned in the sanctum sanctorum. At 12:20 pm on Monday, its eyes will be unveiled during the pran-pratishtha rituals. This particular idol was chosen as the best among the three, with Trust members expressing that it embodies the desired combination of child-like innocence, divinity, and royalty.
Ganesh Bhatt's Ram Lalla idol, also a 51-inch dark stone carving, adheres to the size mandate set by the temple Trust to resemble a five-year-old. Although not selected for pran-pratishtha, this idol will be accorded due honor and respect within the temple, as confirmed by the Trust.
Satya Narayan Pandey's Ram Lalla idol, carved from pure white Makrana marble from Rajasthan, will be situated on the first floor, and Ganesh Bhatt's idol will be on the second floor of the temple. All necessary rituals will be meticulously performed during the enthronement of these two idols.