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Hyderabad's colossal Statue of Equality

  • Category
    History
  • Published
    25th Jan, 2022

Context

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the statue, billed as the world's second-largest statue in a sitting position.

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About the Statue

  • The world’s second tallest statue in a sitting position is currently being built on the outskirts of Hyderabad. 
  • This 216-foot-tall statue of 11th century social reformer and saint, Ramanujacharya.
  • Construction of the statue began in 2014 and is meant to be a tribute to the 10th century Sri Vaishnavite saint Ramanujacharya commemorating his 1,000th birth anniversary.
  • The inner sanctorum deity of Sri Ramanujacharya is made of 120 kilos of gold to commemorate the 120 years the saint spent on earth. 
  • The 216-ft ‘Statue of Equality’ is composed of \'panchaloha\', a combination of five metals comprising gold, silver, copper, brass, and zinc. 

Sri Ramanujacharya

  • Born in 1017 in Sri Perumbudur, Tamil Nadu, Sri Ramanujacharya is said to have liberated millions from social, cultural, gender, educational and economic discrimination with the foundational conviction that every human is equal regardless of nationality, gender, race, caste, or creed. 
  • Ramanujacharya was an avatara of Adisesha. 
  • He opened the doors of temples to all people, including those subjected to extreme discrimination.
  •  For many sections of society, he is a timeless icon of equality for social reformists around the world.
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