Hyderabad: The 216-foot tall ‘Statue of Equality,’ dedicated to the 11th-century Hindu saint Ramanujacharya, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. “Ramanujacharya ji’s statue is a symbol of his knowledge, detachment, and ideals,” he explained.
PM Modi, dressed in devotional golden attire, sat at the prayer site before touring the temple grounds, which feature replicas of 108 Vishnu temples, including Badrinath, Ayodhya, and Tirumala.
“Today is Vasant Panchami, an auspicious occasion. I pray to Ma Saraswati that Ramanujacharya’s knowledge will lead the world… and that this idol will inspire future generations. “The life of Ramanujacharya demonstrates that there is no conflict between reforms and our traditions,” Prime Minister Modi said at the event.
The Statue of Equality, according to the Prime Minister’s Office, honours Ramanujacharya, who promoted equality in all aspects of life, including faith, caste, and creed.
“In this country, we have both dread and apprehension because India is one of those countries where our ancient sages transcended accepting and rejecting ideas,” Prime Minister Modi said.
“Today, Ramanujacharya ji is sending us a message of equality in the form of a massive Statue of Equality,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
The statue is made of ‘panchaloha,’ a five-metal alloy consisting of gold, silver, copper, brass, and zinc, and is one of the world’s tallest metallic statues in the sitting position.
It is mounted on a 54-foot-high base building called ‘Bhadra Vedi,’ which has floors dedicated to a Vedic digital library and research centre, ancient Indian texts, a theatre, and an educational gallery featuring many of Sri Ramanujacharya’s works.
Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami of Sri Ramanujacharya Ashram designed the statue, which is among the world’s tallest.
The Prime Minister also paid a visit to the 108 Divya Desams (ornately carved temples) that surround the Statue of Equality as part of the event.
According to an official statement, the inauguration of the Statue of Equality is part of the 12-day Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Samaroham, which is commemorating Sri Ramanujacharya’s 1000th birth anniversary.
Earlier in his visit to Hyderabad, the Prime Minister launched 50th Anniversary celebrations of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).