On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was presented a memento of Sri Kodanda Rama statue by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Interestingly, the statue was made by a sculptor from Bengaluru.
According to a report in the New Indian Express, Rammurthy used teak wood for the statue and worked for months in his workshop in Channapatna. Ramamurthy worked on three idols, one is a Sri Kodanda Rama which is 1.5 ft in height. The second was also Sri Kodanda Rama which is double the height of the first one. This was the one that was presented to the Prime Minister. The third statue is of the twins, Lava, and Kusha. Ramamurthy said,
“As I was sculpting, in my mind’s eye, I pictured Sri Rama as a man of about 35-40 years old. I have been very impressed by the Chola style of sculpture, the Kakatiya style, the Kerala wood carving, and our own Belur and Halebid sculptures of the Hoysala style. I picked up a few features from each style and finally blended them.”
Was Contacted Personally
Ramamurthy also revealed that I Singh who is the Director of Ayodhya Research Centre contacted him and asked him to make the statue. The Ayodhya Research Centre comes under the Ministry of Culture, Government of Uttar Pradesh. He also had sculpted a 7 ft statue of Sri Kodanda Rama which is now placed in the museum at Ayodhya.
The ground-breaking ceremony of the Ram Mandir Construction was held at a grand event in Ayodhya. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat. The ceremony was followed by speeches by the Prime Minister, Mohan Bhagwat, and Yogi Adityanath.
Source: The New Indian Express