Statue of Equality to be unveiled

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On February 5, 2022 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the Statue of Equality to the world. A statue of 11th century Bhakti Saint and a social revolutionary social reformer is 216-feet tall. The statue is located in Shamshabad, Hyderabad, Telangana. The inner chamber which is 120 kg golden Ramanuja will be unveiled by Resident Ramnath Kovind Ji on February 13, 2022. The other events would be 1035 yaaga fire oblation – the largest in modern history – while spiritual activities such as mass manthra chanting are to be conducted as part of Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi ‘Samaroham’. This is to celebrate the 1000th birth anniversary of the saint.

The event will be co-hosted by Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao along with            Chinna Jeeyar Swami. This project was funded entirely by donations from devotees globally of the project which is worth Rs 1000- crore. The inner sanctorum is made of 120 kilos of gold to observe the 120 years the saint walked this earth. The statue of Equality 216 -ft will be the world’s second tallest statue featuring a sitting posture. It is combination of five metals: gold, silver, copper, brass, and zync. The complex has indistinguishable recreations of 108 Divya Desams, the 108 ornately carved Vishnu temples mentioned in the works of the Alvars, mystic Tamil saints. The saint was born in 1017 in Sri Perumbudur, Tamil Nadu, Ramanujacharya 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. Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji said, “Ramanujacharya has remained a true icon of equality for 1000 years and this project will ensure his teachings are practiced for at least another 1000 years. Our mission is to make Statue of Equality a culturally paramount destination for people across the globe and inspire everyone to make the world a more equal place to live.” The 54-ft high base building, named ‘Bhadra Vedi’, has dedicated floors for a religious writing digital library and centre, ancient Indian texts, a theatre, an academic gallery and a sturdy multi-language audio tour particularisation several woks of Sri Ramanuja Acharya.

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