The Reality of Statue of Equality (Saint Ramanuja) - India

This article is about the 216 feet (66 m) statue in Hyderabad. The Statue of Equality also referred to as the Ramanuja statue, is a statue of the 11th-century Vaishnavaite Saint Bhagavad Ramanuja, located on the premises of the Chinna Jeeyar Trust at Muchintal, Hyderabad. The statue was made in China and purchased by the trust to commemorate 1000 years since Ramanuja's birth. Costing an estimated ₹1,000 crore (US$130 million), the project was paid for through the donations of devotees.

Feb 8, 2022 - 16:19
The Reality of Statue of Equality (Saint Ramanuja) - India
The Statue of Equality

In the Year 2014, Renowned and ascetic Chinna Jeeyar Swami came up with the idea to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of Ramanuja's teachings by building a statue. The statue is constructed on an estimated 34 acres (0.14 km2)  in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

It consists of a 216 feet (66 m) tall statue of Ramanuja and is surrounded by 108 Divyadesams (model temples) and includes an educational gallery.

The project budget was an estimated ₹1,000 crore (US$130 million). The foundation stone for the statue was laid by Chinna Jeeyar. It was built by Aerosun Corporation in China and was shipped to India. It is made of panchaloha, a five-metal alloy of gold, silver, copper, brass and titanium.

According to the members of the trust, the statue relies on donations to fund its construction. It was named 'Statue of Equality by the trust.  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the statue on 5 February 2022.

The statue is constructed on a base building named Bhadravedi that is 54 feet (16 m) tall and three stories high.

The base will contain a meditation hall where a small statue of Ramanuja made of 120 kg of gold, representing the years he lived, will be installed and will be created using panchaloha.

The ground floor will be 6,000 square metres and will depict Ramanuja's life and philosophy.

The temple, meant for daily worship, will be located on the 27,870 square metres the second floor. The 1,365 square metres third floor will include a Vedic digital library and research centre.

An Omnimax theatre featuring life stories of Ramanuja and a library of ancient Indian texts are also planned.

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