Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week inaugurated the 216-foot tall 'Statue of Equality', honouring the 11th-century Hindu saint Ramanujacharya. "This statue of Ramanujacharya ji is a symbol of his knowledge, detachment, and ideals," he said. According to the Prime Minister's Office, the Statue of Equality commemorates Ramanujacharya, who promoted the idea of equality in all aspects of living including faith, caste and creed.
"Today Ramanujacharya ji is giving us the message of equality in the form of a huge Statue of Equality," said the Prime Minister. The statue is made of 'panchaloha', a combination of five metals: gold, silver, copper, brass, and zinc and is among one of the tallest metallic statues in sitting position, in the world.
It is mounted on a 54-feet high base building, named 'Bhadra Vedi', has floors devoted for a Vedic digital library and research centre, ancient Indian texts, a theatre, an educational gallery detailing many works of Sri Ramanujacharya.
The statue - among the world's tallest - has been conceptualised by Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami of Sri Ramanujacharya Ashram. As part of the event, the Prime Minister visited the recreations of 108 Divya Desams (ornately carved temples) that surround the Statue of Equality.
KCR skips PM Modi's event
Amid the escalated war of words between the TRS and the BJP, Telangana cief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao skipped Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the city. KCR, as the chief minister is also known, said he was "unwell" and hence couldn't make it.
The absence irked the saffron party which said KCR failed to follow the protocol and alleged that amounted to insulting the Prime Minister. Justifying KCR's staying away from the PM programmes, TRS party, in its twitter page, said there is no necessity for the CM to receive PM during a private visit.