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Statue of Equality to be inaugurated

Date: 05 February 2022 Tags: Architecture

Issue

The statue of Ramanujacharya, also known as Statue of Equality, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Hyderabad.

 

Details

  • Ramanujacharya was a Vedic philosopher and social reformer. He was born in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu in 1017.

  • He is known to have travelled across India, propagating equality and social justice. He was responsible for revival of Bhakti movement.

  • He inspired other members of Bhakti movement such as Annamacharya, Bhakt Ramdas, Thyagaraja, Kabir, and Meerabai.

 

Contributions

  • He has written nine scriptures known as the navaratnas, and composed numerous commentaries on Vedic scriptures.

  • He established correct procedures for rituals performed in temples throughout India, the most famous being Srirangam and Tirumala.

 

Statue of equality

  • He supported equality among all sections of society. He advocated that temples be opened for everyone irrespective of caste or position in society.

  • He propagated the concept of “vasudhaiva kutumbakam”. He tried to provide education to people who were deprived of it.

 

Philosophy

He is said to have embraced the socially marginalised people and sought universal salvation through devotion to God, compassion, humility, equality, and mutual respect.

 

Location of statue

  • The statue is 216 feet tall and is located at Jeeyar Integrated Vedic Academy (JIVA) at Muchintal near Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

  • Proposed and designed by Chinna Jeeyar, the statue was dedicated through a maha yajna that is said to be the world’s largest of its kind in modern times.