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Muslim Sculptors Are Making The Idols of “Ram Lala” at Ayodhya Ram Mandir? Fact-Check 

There is a rumour circulating that the idols of “Ram Lala” at the Ayodhya Ram Mandir are mainly sculpted by Muslims.

Verified accounts on twitter, including Wajidkhan (“@realwajidkhan“) tweeted “Was no Hindu craftsman found who got the idol of Ram Lala made from Muslim craftsmen? The same Muslims who keep spitting while eating and drinking, those who give punctures. How will you purify the idol of Ram Lala? How can blind devotees garland the statue made by a Muslim? For them, drowning has become a matter of death.” on Dec 14, 2023. The tweet post has received an about 16.2k views on X.

Several other accounts, including @Vinita_Jain7, Surya Pratap Singh IAS Rtd. (“@suryapsingh_IAS“), Ramurti Holkar (“@__Ramholkar“), Satya Prakash Bharti (“@Satyamooknayak“), Mohammed Faizan Shaikh (“@king7851007“), Kanhaiya Kumar (“@BeingMR_“), @deepu0691, Shakir Ndeem (“@ShakirNadeem70“) also made the same claim that Bengali artisans Mohammed Jamaluddin and his son Bittu are creating the idols for the Ram temple; they say that they are working as artists. The archive can be read from above. A tweet was also made by News24, who later deleted the tweet.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

The truth is that this news has been deliberately altered to conceal the fact that the sculptors regardless of any religion are being hired for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

According to reports, since April of this year, idols of “Ram Lala” have been sculpted in Ayodhya by three renowned sculptors in particular. Among the sculptors who made the statues were Satyanarayan Pandey of Rajasthan, Arun Yogiraj of Karnataka, and Ganesh Bhatt of Karnataka.

We visited jagran and bhaskar which gave clarification about this incident in a detailed way. These articles gives a clear idea that the rumours which got circulated by different social media users about the communal claims are not true and fake.

The Nellikaru rock (black stones) of Karnataka is being used by Ganesh Bhatt to create the idol. The statue is crafted by renowned Mysore sculptor Arun Yogiraj using a different Karnataka rock. According to Shri Ram, this rock is also dark in colour. The “Ram Lala” idol is being sculpted by Satyanarayan Pandey using Makrana marble. Statues that will adorn the temple complex have also been sculpted by two sculptors from minority communities.

India today clarified this in a news article published on Dec 15, 2023 with the headline ” Muslim sculptors in West Bengal craft statue of Lord Ram for Ayodhya”.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Propagandists are circulating fake claims about Ram Mandir to set their religious propaganda to target India’s secularity. But, after proper research, analysis and fact-checking, we have discovered that the truth is that this news has been purposefully manipulated to hide the fact that Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir is hiring sculptors of all religions. Reports state that three well-known sculptors in particular have been working on “Ram Lala” idols in Ayodhya since April of this year. Arun Yogiraj of Karnataka, Ganesh Bhatt of Karnataka, and Satyanarayan Pandey of Rajasthan were among the sculptors who created the statues. Ganesh Bhatt is using the Nellikaru rock (black stones) from Karnataka to make the idol. Renowned Mysore sculptor Arun Yogiraj used a different Karnataka rock to create the statue. Shri Ram claims that the colour of this rock is likewise dark. Satyanarayan Pandey is using Makrana marble to sculpt the “Ram Lala” idol.Two artists from minorities have also sculpted that will be adorn the temple complex.

Conclusion:

Fact : To hide the fact that sculptors of all religions are being hired for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, the news has actually been deliberately altered.Some reports state that three prominent sculptors in particular have been creating idols of “Ram Lala” in Ayodhya since April of this year. Karnataka’s Arun Yogiraj, Rajasthan’s Satyanarayan Pandey, and Karnataka’s Ganesh Bhatt were among the sculptors who created the statues.

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