Statue of Unity : Unveil the Facts

The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on 31st October 2018 inaugurated the tallest statue of the world – “Statue of Unity“. The 182 metre tall statue was dedicated to the nation on 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at kevadiya in Narmada district of Gujarat. At the event of launch ceremony, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries poured soil and Narmada water into a kalash to mark the dedication of the ‘Statue of Unity’ to the nation. The Prime Minister pressed a liver to commence a virtual Abhishek of the Statue and at the feet of Statue of Unity also performed a special prayer.

statue of unity - world's tallest statue
PM Modi inaugurated the Wall of Unity and visited the Museum & Exhibition and also the Viewer’s Gallery. This gallery at 153 metre height, can accommodate up to 200 visitors at a time. It offers a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, it’s reservoir and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges. The dedication ceremony was punctured by the flypast of IAF aircraft and performance of cultural troupes.

He described the Statue of Unity as a symbol of self respect of the farmers who gave soil from their land and iron from their farming which which implements for the statue. He said the aspirations of the youth of India can only be achieved through the Mantra of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat‘. He congratulated everyone associated with the construction of the Statue of Unity. He also said the statue would generate considerable tourism opportunities for the region. The Prime Minister mentioned that several memorials have been made to recall the contribution of freedom fighters and great leaders in recent years.

Engaging Facts about Statue of Unity

• The ‘Statue of Unity‘ – world’s tallest statue was inaugurated on the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on 31st October 2018 at kavadia in Narmada district of Gujarat by the prime minister of India.
• The bronze statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stands 182 metre tall, facing the Narmada Dam which is 3.2 km away on the river Island called Sadhu Bet, located between the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges near Vadodara in Gujarat.
The Statue of Unity (182 metre) is the tallest statue in the world, taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue (153 metre) and almost double the height of Statue of Liberty (93 metre) in USA.
height comparison of different statutes in the world
• The project cost was around 3050 crore Indian rupees and fully funded by the Gujarat government, built within 3 and a half years from the infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T).
• The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) arranged around 129 tonnes of iron implemented from nearly 100 million farmers of 169,000 villages across all the states to construct the base of the Statue in Loha campaign.
• It was built by Padma Bhushan recipient sculptor Ram V Sutar and intricate bronze cladding work was done by a Chinese foundry, the Jiangix Toqine Company (JTC).
• The total height of the Statue is 240 metres including the base level of 58 metres. The 182 metre tall Statue of Unity represent 182 assembly Constituencies of Gujarat.

• It has a viewing gallery at the height of 153 metre which can accommodate up to 200 visitors at a time. The gallery offers a view of Sardar Sarovar Dam, it’s reservior and the Satpura and the Vindhya mountain ranges.

• The Museum has 40,000 documents, 2000 photographs and a Research Centre dedicated to Sardar Patel’s life.

• A 3.5 km highway will be used to connect the statue to Gujarat’s kevadiya town.
• Tickets of the Statue can be booked online at ‘‘ which will be open to the public from 3rd November 2018. Once opened to public, officials expect around 15,000 visitors every day.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel : the Iron Man of India

Sardar Patel served as the first Home Minister of independent India, credited with uniting all 562 princely state in pre-independent India to build the Republic Day of India. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born and raised in the countryside of Gujarat. He was a driving force in the Indian Independence movement and is determined effort towards the country earned him the name of Iron Man of India.
On 31st October every year, India celebrates birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel which was declared as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas also known as National Unity Day in 2014.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was awarded India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna in 1991. A Number of educational institute in India has been named after him, including the Nation’s premier Institutes. In 1980 Sardar Patel National Memorial was established, which house is a Museum, a gallery of portraits and a library of historical pictures.  He was instrumental in the founding of the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian police service, because of which he is also known as ‘Patron Saint‘ of India’s service.

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