India News | ‘Statue of Equality’ is symbol of Sri Ramanujacharya’s ideals and will inspire youth: PM Modi

Shamshabad (Telangana) [India]Feb. 5 (ANI): On the occasion of the unveiling of the 216ft tall ‘Statue of Equality’ commemorating the 11th century Bhakti Saint Sri Ramanujacharya at Shamshabad in Hyderabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the statue is a symbol of knowledge, detachment and ideals of the saint, which will inspire young people.

Addressing the occasion, Prime Minister Modi said: “The statue is a symbol of his knowledge, his detachment and his ideals. I believe it will not only inspire future generations but also strengthen the ancient identity of India”.

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“Ordinary viewpoints that seemed contradictory to each other. Ramanujacharya ji brings them together in one thread with great ease,” he added.

The Prime Minister also sent his greetings to Basant Panchami and said it was an auspicious occasion when the statue was unveiled on that day.

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“Today is the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami, the holy festival of worshiping Goddess Saraswati. The statue of Sri Ramanujacharya ji, the special grace incarnation of Maa Sharda, is installed on this occasion. I wish you to all a special Basant Panchami,” he said.

“The same resolution for the welfare of mankind, which he launched in the 11th century, is repeated here for 12 days in various rituals,” Prime Minister Modi added.

The 216-foot-tall Statue of Equality commemorates the 11th-century Bhakti Saint Sri Ramanujacharya, who promoted the idea of ​​equality in all aspects of life, 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 the tallest seated metal statues in the world. It is mounted on a base building 54 feet high, named ‘Bhadra Vedi’, has floors dedicated to a Vedic digital library and research center, ancient Indian texts, a theatre, an educational gallery detailing many works by Sri Ramanujacharya. (ANI)

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James V. Hayes