Ayodhya's new Ram Lalla idol named ‘Balak Ram’

The 51-inch statue, crafted by sculptor Arun Yogiraj from Mysuru, portrays Lord Ram as a five-year-old boy in a standing posture.

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The recently consecrated idol of Lord Ram Lalla at Ayodhya's Ram Temple will be referred to as ‘Balak Ram,’ according to a priest involved in the consecration ceremony. The 51-inch statue, crafted by sculptor Arun Yogiraj from Mysuru, portrays Lord Ram as a five-year-old boy in a standing posture. 

The idol is carved from a three-billion-year-old rock known as Krishna Shile (black schist). The soapstone used for the sculpture was extracted from Gujjegowdanapura in Jayapura Hobli, HD Kote Taluk of Mysuru.

The ‘Balak Ram’ idol is adorned with Banarasi fabric, wearing a yellow dhoti and a red 'pataka' or 'angavastram,' embellished with pure gold 'zari' and threads featuring auspicious Vaishnav symbols. The consecration ceremony, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marked a significant event in the construction of the Ram Temple. Devotees have flocked to the temple after its opening to the public, resulting in large crowds and temporary closures to manage the flow of people.