216-Feet Tall Statue of Saint Ramanujacharya Installed in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD (IANS) A 216-feet tall statue of equality commemorating the 11th-century Saint Ramanujacharya was installed here on Feb.5
At an elaborate ceremony held at Tridandi Chinna Jeer Swamy’s ashram at Muchintal on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the world the giant statue which commemorates Ramanujacharya’s teachings promoting equality in all aspects of living including faith, caste and creed.
The statue is made of ‘panchaloha’, a combination of five metals: gold, silver, copper, brass, and zync and is among one of the tallest metallic statues in sitting position, in the world.
The statue is mounted on a 54-feet high base building, named ‘Bhadra Vedi’, has floors devoted for a Vedic digital library and research centre, ancient Indian texts, a theatre, an educational gallery detailing many works of Ramanujacharya.
In the presence of Chinna Jeeyar Swami who presided over the event, the Prime Minister watched a 3D presentation on the life journey and teaching of Ramanujacharya. He also visited the 45-acre temple complex housing the statue and the identical recreations of 108 Divya Desams or ornately carved temples. Earlier, he also participated in puja and other rituals as part of the ongoing 12-day Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi ‘Samaroham’, the 1000th birth anniversary celebrations of Ramanjuacharya.
Modi noted that Hyderabad with which Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had an inseparable link has now become a place of statue of equality while his home state Gujarat is home for the statue of unity.