Sabke Ram: Temple chief priest calls for investigation after leaked photo of Ram Lalla idol

The photo of the 51-inch black stone idol, carved by sculptor Arun Yogiraj of Mysuru, showed the idol with uncovered eyes and adorned with a garland of roses.

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Acharya Satyendra Das, the chief priest of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi, expressed strong concern after the first image of the new Ram Lalla idol was leaked ahead of the consecration ceremony at the Ayodhya temple on January 22.

The chief priest emphasized that the rituals of prana pratishtha (consecration) were underway, and the revealed image of the idol with open eyes was incorrect. According to him, the eyes should not be opened before pran pratishtha, and he called for an investigation to determine who leaked the image.

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The leak of the Ram Lalla idol photo from the sanctum sanctorum before the scheduled consecration has caused a stir among officials. The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust is contemplating taking action against those responsible for the leak, suspecting involvement from officials engaged in construction work at the temple site.

The photo of the 51-inch black stone idol, carved by sculptor Arun Yogiraj of Mysuru, showed the idol with uncovered eyes and adorned with a garland of roses. The Vishva Hindu Parishad released the image, and the trust believes that officials working on the temple construction might be responsible for making the photo viral on social media.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to attend the January 22 'pran-pratishtha' ceremony, where the consecration of the Lord Ram idol will take place. 

The Ram temple is expected to open to the public on January 23. The consecration ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:20 pm and end at 1 pm, with Modi addressing a gathering of over 7,000 people at the venue, while millions are expected to watch the event live on television.