PM Modi to visit Hyderabad to inaugurate the Statue of Equality

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 216-feet tall ‘’Statue of Equality’’ in Hyderabad commemorating the 11th– century Bhakti Saint Shri Ramanujacharya around 5pm.

He also took part in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

On Friday, PM Modi said in a tweet that he looks forward to being in Hyderabad to take part in two programmes. Around 2:45PM, he will join the 50th Anniversary celebrations of ICRISAT, an important institution that works on aspects relating to agriculture and innovation.

He also added that around 5PM, he will join the programme to inaugurate the ‘Statue of Equality’, which is a fitting tribute to Sri Ramanujacharya, whose sacred thoughts and teachings inspire us.

The 216-feet tall Statue of Equality, according to Prime Minister, commemorates the 11th-century Bhakti Saint Sri Ramanujacharya, who promoted the idea of equality in all situations of living including faith, caste and creed.

The Statue of Equality is made of ‘’panchaloha’’, which is a combination of five metals including: gold, silver, copper, brass and zinc. It is among one of the tallest metallic statues in a sitting position in the world.

It is mounted on a high base building which is 54-feet high and is named ‘Bhadra Vedi.’ Its floors are devoted for a Vedic digital library and research centre, ancient Indian texts, a theatre, and an educational gallery including details of many works of Sri Ramanujacharya.

Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami of Sri Ramanujacharya Ashram has conceptualised the Statue.

3D Presentation Mapping on the life journey and teaching of Sri Ramanujacharya was also showcased, during the programme. Prime Minister also visited the identical recreations of 108 Divya Desams (ornately carved temples) that surrounds the Statue of Equality.

Sri Ramanujacharya worked faithfully for the upliftment of people with the spirit of every human being regardless of nationality, gender, race, caste or creed.

The official statement said that inauguration of the Statue of Equality is a part of the 12-day Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Samaroham, that is the ongoing 1000th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Ramanujacharya.

Earlier during the visit, Prime Minister also jump-started the 50th Anniversary celebration of ICRISAT. Prime Minister also inaugurated ICRISAT’s Climate Change Research Facility on Plant Protection and ICRISAT’s Rapid Generation Advancement Facility. These 2 facilities are dedicated to the smallholder farmers of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Prime Minister also unveiled a specially designed logo of ICRISAT and launched a commemorative stamp issued on the occasion, as told by the PMO.

ICRISAT is an international organisation that runs agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. It also helps farmers by providing improved crop varieties and hybrids and helps smallholder farmers in the drylands fight climate change.

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