Arun Yogiraj is creating an Adi Guru Shankaracharya statue.

Meet Arun Yogiraj, the sculptor responsible for Adi Shankaracharya’s 12-foot monument in Kedarnath.

Arun Yogiraj, a Mysore-based artist, worked for nine months to sculpt the 12-foot 3D statue of Adi Shankaracharya, which was revealed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday at the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag region.

“It was an honour to sculpt Adi Shankaracharya’s statue in Kedarnath.” The process began in August 2020, and JSW chose me to create a sculpture. Yogiraj was reported by news outlet ANI as stating, “Before that, I prepared a model of two fees.”

“In September 2020, it was submitted to the Prime Minister. Four to five models were flown in from all around India. My model was chosen from among them, and I was contacted to create a 12-foot statue of Adi Shankaracharya “Added he.

According to Yogiraj, a team of seven sculptors worked nonstop for nine months, putting in 14-15 hours every day to achieve the goal.

“The project began in September 2020, and a crew of seven worked nonstop for nine months, during which time we procured 80 tonnes of raw material for sculpting the 28-ton monument. We worked roughly 14-15 hours a day to complete this wonderful sculpture, and it was a continual process “he stated

According to Yogiraj, the sculptors focused on a 360-degree perspective of the statue, emphasising structure, posture, gesture, realistic characteristics, traditional aspects, and the divinity in the face, among other things.

The artist expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying, “The Prime Minister’s inauguration of my painting was one of the best moments of my whole career. I am overjoyed that he dedicated the statue to the Indian people. It is a great honour, and I am grateful to the Prime Minister for this opportunity.”

The Adi Guru Shankaracharya statue, which is made of Chlorite Schist Stone, has been rebuilt after being destroyed in the Uttarakhand floods of 2013.

Adi Shankaracharya was born in the Indian state of Kerala. He was an eighth-century Indian mystic and philosopher who established Advaita Vedanta teaching and made a great contribution to Hinduism’s unification by establishing four “mathas” throughout India.

Adi Shankaracharya’s life was marked by the establishment of one of the four mathas, Jyotir Math, in Chamoli district, as well as the idol in Badrinath. At Kedarnath, he too took samadhi.