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Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a 216ft statue of Ramanujacharya, an 11th century saint and social reformer, named “Statue of Equality” in Hyderabad on February 5. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would co-host the event with renowned spiritual guru Chinna Jeeyar Swami. Several other chief ministers, politicians, celebrities and actors are also said to attend the ceremony. The first stone of the project was laid in 2014.Also Read – Netaji Hologram Will Fill Square Until Subhash Chandra Bose Grand Statue Is Installed At India Gate: Modi

Chinna Jeeyar Swami, said, “We warmly welcome everyone including key guests, dignitaries, devotees and people from all walks of life to the unveiling of the Statue of Equality. Bhagavad Ramanujacharya remained a true icon of equality for 1,000 years and this project will ensure that his teachings will be practiced for at least 1,000 years. Also Read – PM Modi unveils Adi Shankaracharya Statue at Kedarnath Temple. Here’s why it’s special

Telangana CM KCR visited the Statue of Equality to oversee the ongoing preparations for the inauguration. (Picture: Facebook)

Here are 10 important facts you should know about the Statue of Equality:

  1. The Statue of Equality is 216 feet tall and is located in a 45-acre compound in Shamshabad, on the outskirts of Hyderabad city.
  2. The Rs 1,000 crore project was entirely funded by donations from devotees around the world.
  3. It is billed as the second tallest statue in the world in a seated position. The Buddha statue in Thailand is said to be the world’s tallest seated statue.
  4. The inner shrine deity of Ramanujacharya is made of 120 kg of gold to commemorate the 120 years that the saint walked this land. President Ram Nath Kovind would unveil the inner chamber of the Ramanuja statue on February 13.
  5. The inauguration event will include a fire offering of 1,035 ‘yaaga’, considered the largest in modern history. The event will also have other spiritual activities like mass mantra chanting which will be conducted as part of Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Samaroham’.
  6. The statue is made of ‘panchaloha’, a combination of five metals including gold, silver, copper, brass and zinc.
  7. The complex has identical recreations of 108 Divya Desams, the 108 ornately carved Vishnu temples mentioned in the works of the Avvars, Tamil mystical saints.
  8. The 54-foot-tall base building, named ‘Bhadra Vedi’, has floors dedicated to a Vedic digital library and research center, ancient Indian texts, a theater, an educational gallery and a robust multilingual audio tour detailing many works of Sri Ramanuja Acharya.
  9. Ramanujacharya’s statue is unveiled on the saint’s 1000th birthday.
  10. It is called the Statue of Equality because Sri Ramanujacharya is a timeless icon of equality for social reformers around the world.

About Sri Ramanujacharya:

Born in 1017 in Sri Perumbudur in Tamil Nadu, Ramanujacharya freed millions of people from social, cultural, sexual, educational and economic discrimination with the fundamental belief that every human being is equal regardless of nationality, gender, of his race, caste or creed.

He opened the doors of the temples to all, including those who faced extreme discrimination. He remains a timeless icon of equality for social reformers around the world.

“Our mission is to make the Statue of Equality a culturally significant destination for people around the world and to inspire everyone to make the world a more equal place to live. Today, when the world is full of divisions and populism, the need of the hour is the ideology of Sri Ramanujacharya Torchbearer of Vaishnavism, Bhagavad Ramanuja distilled the essence of the Vedas and ancient wisdom to promote the timeless message of equality. , non-discrimination and equality are the cornerstones of life,” explained the Chinna Jeeyar Swami.