Why Is The Ram Lalla Idol Is Black?

The Ram Lala idol, carved in black stone, was revealed on January 19.

The choice of a black idol in Ayodhya is based on the traditional depiction of Lord Ram in Hindu scriptures as a shyam (dark-colored) avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Hindu religious texts, including Valmiki's Ramayan, describe Lord Ram as having a charming dark complexion (shyam vanam).

The blackstone used for the idol holds symbolic significance, representing strength, endurance, and auspiciousness in Hindu traditions.

Crafted by master artisan Arun Yogiraj, the 51-inch black idol portrays Lord Ram as a five-year-old standing on a lotus.

The selection reflects a thoughtful blend of cultural, religious, and artistic considerations for the Ayodhya Ram Mandir.

Placed in the sanctum sanctorum on January 18, the black idol embodies tradition and spirituality in the Ram temple.