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Statue of Unity World’s tallest statue

SARDAR VALLABHBHAI PATEL

Birth : October 31, 1875

Birth Place : Nadiad town, Gujarat

Early Life spent in : Karamsad, Petlad and Nadiad.

Parents : Father Jhaverbhai, a farmer, and mother Laad Bai, a simple lady

Wife : Jhaverba, who passed away at a very early age

Children : Daughter Maniben (Born in 1903); Son Dahyabhai (Born in 1905)

Death : December 15, 1950

The Statue of Unity is a colossal statue of Indian statesman and independence activist Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950) who was the first Home minister of independent India and the chief adherent of Mahatma Gandhi during the non-violent Indian Independence movement; highly respected for his leadership in uniting the 562 princely states of India to form the single large Union of India.

Major Facts:

  • Kheda Satyagraha and Bardoli Satyagrah, both of which times the British bowed down
  • Elected as Ahmedabad’s municipal president in 1924 and 1928
  • Elected President of the Indian National Congress in 1931
  • Independent India’s first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister and IB Minister
  • The Architect of United India post independence
  • Posthumously, conferred with Bharat Ratna in 1991

This is the world’s tallest statue at 182 meters (597 ft). It rises 54 meters (177 ft) higher than the previous record holder, the Spring Temple Buddhain China’s Henan province. The previous tallest statue in India was the 41 m (135 ft) statue of Hanuman at the Paritala Anjaneya Temple near Vijayawada in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The statue can be seen within a 7 km (4.3 mi) radius.[6]

The monument is constructed on a river island named Sadhu Bet, 3.2 km (2.0 mi) away from and facing the Narmada Dam downstream. The statue and its surroundings occupy more than 2 hectares (4.9 acres), and are surrounded by a 12 km (7.5 mi) long artificial lake formed by the Garudeshwar weirdownstream on the Narmada river.

The statue is divided into five zones of which only three are accessible to the public. From its base to the level of Patel’s shins is the first zone which has three levels and includes an exhibition area, mezzanine and roof. Zone 1 contains a memorial garden and a museum. The second zone reaches up to Patel’s thighs, while the third extends up to the viewing gallery at 153 metres. Zone 4 is the maintenance area while the final zone comprises the head and shoulders of the statue.

The museum in zone 1 catalogues the life of Sardar Patel and his contributions. An adjoining audio-visual gallery provides a 15 minute presentation on Patel and also describes the tribal culture of the state. The concrete towers which form the statue’s legs contain two elevators each. Each lift can carry 26 people at a time to the viewing gallery in just over 30 seconds. The gallery is located at a height of 153 metres (502 ft) and can hold up to 200 people.

Road Trip from Indore to Statue Of Unity. 

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