A seven-foot tall statue of Kodamb Ram will be brought from Karnataka to be installed at a museum in Ayodhya.
The statue made of a single rosewood block has been purchased from the Cauvery Karnataka State Arts and Crafts Emporium for Rs 35 lakh. It has already reached Ayodhya, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is scheduled to unveil it on June 7 at the Shodh Sansthan in Ayodhya.
Director of Shodh Sansthan, Ayodhya, YP Singh, told IANS that the museum had over 2,500 artifacts related to Lord Ram and his life, but did not have any piece depicting Kodamb Ram.
Kodamb Ram, according to Singh, is the fourth stage of Lord Ram’s life. The first four stages are Baal Ram, Raja Ram, Dulha Ram, Banvasi Ram.
Kodamb Ram is worshipped in the south. The stage depicts the time when when Sita had been abducted by Ravan according to Ramayana.
The different stages of Ram’s life are worshipped in different regions of the country.
While Baal Ram and Raja Ram are worshipped in the north , the Mithila region of Bihar, which happens to be Sita’s birthplace, gives more relevance to Dulha Ram.
Banvasi Ram, usually seen with Laxman with Sita, is worshipped in Madhya Pradesh and other central regions of the country.
In the Kodamb Ram stage, the statues of Ram show him alone.
According to a report in Navbharat Times, the place designated for the statue at the museum after it is unveiled is temporary. A special platform is being created and the Kodamb Ram statue will be shifted there later.
The Yogi Adityanath government had in November last year announced a 100 metre tall statue of Lord Ram to be installed on the banks of Saryu river.