'Statue of Equality' inaugurated
The massive 'Statue of Equality' of Sriramanujacharya that Prime Minister “dedicated to the world” on 5 February 2022 was made in China. Though one Indian company was also in the race to win the contract, China's Aerosun Corporation was given the order in August 2015.
About the Statue of Equality
- The 216-feet tall Statue of Equality commemorates the 11th-century Bhakti Saint Sri Ramanujacharya, who promoted the idea of 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 zinc and is among one of the tallest metallic statues in sitting position, in the world.
- It is mounted on a 54-feet high base building, named 'Bhadra Vedi'.
- It has floors devoted for a Vedic digital library and research centre, ancient Indian texts, a theatre, an educational gallery detailing many works of Sri Ramanujacharya.
- 14 models of Sriramanujacharya statue were made initially incorporating Agama and Shilpa shastra sutras, out of which three models were examined with 3D scanning and improved further.
- The statue has been conceptualised by Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami of Sri Ramanujacharya Ashram.
- The inauguration of the Statue of Equality is a part of the 12-day Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Samaroham, the ongoing 1000th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Ramanujacharya.