On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a 216-foot tall statue of Ramanujacharya, an 11th-century social reformer and saint, in Hyderabad (February 5, 2022). According to a statement released by Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji’s ashram, the monument, which is advertised as the world’s second-largest statue in a sitting position, is located on the outskirts of the city on a 45-acre property.
Donations from devotees all around the world helped fund the Rs 1,000-crore project. Sri Ramanujacharya’s inner sanctorum deity is composed of 120 kilogrammes of gold to honour the saint’s 120 years on earth.
On February 13, President Ram Nath Kovind will unveil a 120 kg golden monument of Ramanuja in the inner chamber.
Chinna Jeeyar Swami remarked in his remarks, “We cordially invite everyone to the great opening of the Statue of Equality, including main guests, dignitaries, devotees, and individuals from all walks of life. For 1,000 years, Bhagavad Ramanujacharya has been a true symbol of equality, and our effort will ensure that his teachings are followed for at least another 1,000 years.”
All you need to know about the Statue of Equality
The Statue of Equality, which will stand 216 feet tall and include a sitting stance, will be the world’s second tallest statue. Thailand’s Buddha statue is said to be the world’s tallest statue in a sitting position.
It is made of ‘panchaloha,’ a five-metal alloy consisting of gold, silver, copper, brass, and zinc.
Sri Ramanujacharya’s inner sanctorum deity is composed of 120 kilogrammes of gold to honour the saint’s 120 years on earth.
Donations from devotees all around the world helped fund the Rs 1,000-crore project.
The complex has exact replicas of the 108 Divya Desams, or ornately carved Vishnu temples referenced in the works of mystic Tamil saints the Alvars.
“Our goal is to make the Statue of Equality a culturally important destination for visitors from all over the world, inspiring them to make the world a more equal place to live. Today, in a world riven by divisiveness and populism, Sri Ramanujacharya’s ideology is more important than ever. Bhagavad Ramanuja, the founder of Vaishnavism, synthesised the essence of the Vedas and ancient wisdom to advocate the ageless message of equality. Non-discrimination and equality are inherently the cornerstones of existence “Chinna Jeeyar Swami emphasised. The project’s foundation stone was placed in 2014.
1,000th birth anniversary of Sri Ramanujacharya
As part of Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi ‘Samaroham,’ many festivities will be held to commemorate the saint’s 1,000th birthday, including a 1035 yajna (fire ceremony) and spiritual activities such as mass mantra chanting. The event will be co-hosted by Telangana Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao and Chinna Jeeyar Swami and will commence on February 2. The event is likely to attract a number of additional chief ministers, politicians, celebrities, and actors.