India Unveils The World’s Tallest Statue That Is 597 Feet Tall
India is famous for many things, and one conversation can’t encompass all of it. From the Taj Mahal, yoga, and the historic homeland of Buddha, the subcontinent has a rich history that the world can appreciate. But with all the amazing things that already located within its borders, what else can they do?
Many people in the country hold world records, such as the most people on a single bike (58, to be exact), the largest head massage chain, and the skin-crawling ‘heaviest vehicle pulled by the shoulder blades. The country will now be able to add another record to its list, knocking China off the top spot.
On October 31st, India revealed the Statue of Unity. The statue is completely made of bronze and beat out China’s Spring Temple Buddha for the title of ‘World’s Tallest Statue.’ The Buddha statue stands at 502ft. India’s newest monument stands at 597ft and was built in a little under three years.
The statue stands as a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. It was designed Ram V. Sutar and is part of an amusement park that sits along the Narmada Dam.
“In the world, people talk about America’s Statue of Liberty. We want to make a statue of Sardar Patel at twice the size of the Statue of Liberty,” stated Prime Minister Modi before surveying and construction had begun in 2013.
While the statue was meant to bring people together, it seems to have done the opposite. With a tag of over $410 million, many people feel the money could have been better spent elsewhere. It has triggered protests by farmers and tribal activists, some of these escalating to violent levels.
Even with all the drama it has caused, current Prime Minister Modi sees the Statue of Unity as “a symbol of India’s integrity and resolve.”