webnexttech | Story behind Ram Lalla’s smile: It was back to school for sculptor Arun Yogiraj
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ as Lord Ram’s homecoming took place after 500 years in Ayodhya on Monday.With the revelation of Ram Lalla’s (infant Lord Ram) face, everyone appears mesmerised by the outstanding work done by Mysuru-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj, especially the eyes of Ram Lalla and his smile.It’s a smile that makes you smile.
But how do you describe the smile, the bhaav (expression) on the face?
If some called it beautiful and divine, others used adjectives like ‘mandahasa’ and bewitching.His wife, Vijetha, shares technical details on how Yogiraj sculpted the idol.”It’s the magic in his hands.
We were briefed about what the murti had to look like, and everything else was his imagination.
He observed kids’ facial features and expressions and started sketching it, and has now created a masterpiece,” Vijetha told India Today.
The Ram Mandir was inaugurated amid massive celebrations, and Yogiraj said he considers himself the luckiest person on earth, believing that it’s Lord Ram who chose him for the task.HOW THE IDOL WAS MADEVijetha said that the temple trust had given the following criteria for Arun Yogiraj and the other 2 contestants – GL Bhat and Satyanarayana Panday: Smiling face Divine look 5-year-old swaroop Prince/Yuvaraja look She explained that the first step to sculpting is drawing/sketching it on a piece of paper.
HOW HE CAME UP WITH THE FACIAL FEATURESVijetha informed India Today that the proportion of facial features (eyes, nose, chin, lips, cheeks, etc.) is done according to Shilpa Shastra – the sacred scripture of the sculpting world.Shilpa Shastra refers to the ancient Indian texts and scriptures that deal with various traditional arts, crafts, and architecture.
It covers a wide array of subjects, including sculpture, painting, temple architecture, iconography, and town planning.She also mentioned that Yogiraj read human anatomy books to study facial and body features, which was the main guiding factor that made the Murthi look so real.
“He went to schools to observe children and toddlers and deeply researched and observed how they smile,” she said.
STORY BEHIND THE SMILEThe shape of the Ram idol’s face is roundish, which is widely used in sculptures of South India.
In comparison, sculptures of the north carry a number of sharper features.
Some sculptures of Odisha and Bengal also carry such roundish faces,” says Sailendra Kumar Swain, a faculty member at the School of Heritage Research and Management, Dr BR Ambedkar University, Delhi.”Can’t stop looking at the beauty that Ram Lalla has turned out to be.
The curls, the bonny cheeks, the mystic smile, and the divine aura,” noted historian and author Vikram Sampath on X.He also gives a “huge shoutout” and congratulates the “ace sculptor” Arun Yogiraj for this “labor of love,” he added.
“I can’t decide whether his eyes are more beautiful or his bewitching smile.
Ram Lalla ki jai,” said a person on X.
WHY THE IDOL IS OF 51 INCHES?Vijetha explained that the 51-inch mark for the Ram Lalla idol was also scientifically chosen.”It’s at this precise height that the Sun’s rays fall on Ramlalla’s forehead every year at noon on Ram Navami day.
It’s a unique feature of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya that the Sun’s rays will illuminate Ramlalla’s face every year on this day,” she said.WHY KRISHNASHILA STONE?When asked about why Krishnashila stone was used to sculpt the idol, Vijetha pointed out that thanks to its chemical composition, Krishnashila stone does not react to acid, heat, and hostile weather conditions.”When Abishekam is performed using milk, the stone will not react to the contents of milk.
Hence it can be consumed as Prashad by devotees without any side effects on gut health.
It’s an unreactive stone.
Milk will come out as Milk only,” she said.She also mentioned that the Krishnashila stone can last for more than 1000 years without even getting a scratch.
“This type of Krishnashila stone that’s of supreme quality is geographically available only in some parts of the world.
HD Kote near Mysuru and Karkala in Uttar Kannada district.
Hence Mysuru is the centre of the sculpting world,” Vijetha said.WHAT TECHNOLOGY WAS USEDVijetha clarified that even though Yogiraj used software from today’s generation for representation, carving it out and sculpting it was his handiwork.
He sculpted with his hands, hammer, and chisels.(Sushim Mukul helped with inputs for the story)Published By: Vivek MishraPublished On: Jan 23, 2024Must Watch

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