Chief sculptor Ranjit Mandal says that a total of 164 sculptures based on incidents based on Ramkatha are to be installed.Image Credit source: ANI
As per the wish of Vishwa Hindu Parishad International President Ashok Sinhal, Ram temple is being built in Ayodhya, one more wish of his is about to be fulfilled. According to his wish, when Ramlala will be seated in his new temple in Ayodhya, idols of many gods and goddesses will also be installed along with him. Along with this, according to the description given in Valmiki Ramayana and Ramcharit Manas of Goswami Tulsidas, the incidents from the birth of Ram to going to the forest and coming back and assuming the throne in Ayodhya are also being carved in the idols. For this, a team of skilled artists worked day and night. These idols will be installed in the temple premises in such a way that the people coming here get a live description of the entire story of Ram in a sequential manner.
Construction is going on since 2013
Actually, Ashok Singhal had given instructions to make these statues in 2013. Chief sculptor Ranjit Mandal, who is making them, says that a total of 164 sculptures based on incidents based on Ram Katha are to be installed. Each episode will be shown with six to eight statues. These are being constructed in Katha Kunj of Ayodhya and till now 54 episodes of Ramayana have been molded into these statues. Sculptor Ranjit Mandal, his father Narayan Mandal along with other sculptors are giving shape to these idols.
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There was a rise after the decision of the Supreme Court
Sculptor Mandal says that although these statues are being shaped from the mixture of cement, rebar and concrete since 2013, giving shape to the themes of Ramayana, but after the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the Ram temple, this work will be further accelerated. Instructions were received. Since then they are being prepared continuously. We have full hope that we will be ready to install them in time, God willing. Now there is no obstacle in this. All the work is in the final stage.
Many incidents will make you emotional
Ranjit Mandal says that in these sculptures, the events of King Dasharatha’s Putreshti Yagya, Ram’s journey to the forest, crossing the river by boat, Ram’s coronation, Sita Maiya’s absorption into the earth and Ram’s water samadhi will be shown. Birth of Ram, childhood of Ram and his three brothers, study in Guru Vashishtha’s ashram, protection of Vishwamitra’s Yagya, killing of Tadka and Subahu, birth of Mother Sita, rescue of Ahilya, Sita’s Swayamvar, Ram’s exile and Sita’s abduction. Like many incidents have been given shape in these sculptures. He says that different contexts of Ramkatha will be established in such a way that no one faces any problem in understanding this story of Tretayug. He says that the episode based on the exile of Prince Ram and the death of King Dasharatha will leave people emotional.
The craftsman is doing PhD in sculpture.
Craftsman Ranjit Mandal, who is giving shape to the themes of Ramayana, keeps himself updated even at the age of 54. Not only this, he also focuses completely on studies. Presently he is doing PhD on Sculpture from Mahatma Gandhi Gramodaya University located in Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh. Professor of the sculpture department here. His PhD is going on under the guidance of Prasanna Patekar. Its subject is the artistic study of the major temples and their statues of Ayodhya and Chitrakoot Dham.
He is Ranjit Mandal, a sculptor who was brought from Assam by Ashok Singhal ji in 1996.
He left his family & devoted his life to Shri Ram.
He has since been making sculptures depicting Shri Ram’s life, which will be kept in Ram Mandir!
Pranaam to his faith🙏 pic.twitter.com/mkzqDNsRfb
— Aviral Sharma (@sharmaAvl) November 27, 2019
The music of hammer and chisel resonates in the workshop of Ayodhya
Along with the construction of these idols, the work of carving stones for the Ram temple is still going on in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi workshop of Ayodhya. As the date of Pran Pratistha is approaching, this workshop is also becoming a center of attraction for the people coming here. Artisans gather in this workshop right from the morning. The sound of tink-thunk and tinkling sound of hammer and chisel also starts sounding like melodious music. Dozens of artisans from Rajasthan and Gujarat are busy making various stone sculptures and pillars for the temple.
Sushma, a female devotee who came from Maharashtra to see Ramlala, says that she had come to Ayodhya earlier also. There is a lot of difference between the Ayodhya of that time and the Ayodhya of today. Earlier there was only a pile of stones in the workshop. Now even a temple is being built and the stones in the workshop are taking new shapes day by day. The entire system is engaged in developing the birthplace of God.
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