Statue of Equality
The Statue of Equality is an upcoming project dedicated to the 11th century Vaishnavaite Saint Bhagavad Ramanuja, commemorating 1000 years since his birth. Ramanuja was an icon treating every one as equal before God and was the first to allow the downtrodden to enter temples. Taking his inspiration this project was named “Statue of Equality”.
The project is constructed on an estimated 34 acres. It consists of a 216 foot tall statue of Ramanuja and is surrounded by 108 Divyadesams (model temples). This project was planned by religious guru Chinna Jeeyar swamy and his religious trust. This project budget is 1000 crore rupees. After completion Statue of Equality would be the world’s second tallest sitting statue after Great Buddha of Thailand, Thailand which is of 302 feet height.
Ramanuja Acharya (1017–1137)
-He was disciple of Yamuna Muni and Yadava Prakash.
– He founded the philosophy of Vishisht advaita or qualified monism. He considered that Brahman possessed certain attributes. Atma or soul can merge with Brahman subject to conditions. Such conditions include loving the faith and practicing devotion. Thus, loving the faith and practicing devotion is the path to attain salvation.
– He considered Vishnu to be the “supreme person” and founded Vaishnava sect. Hoysala king Vittigadev “Vishnuvardhan” was originally a Jain. He became follower of Vishnu under influence of Ramanuja Acharya.
– He also advocated prapatti marga or path of self-surrender to God.
– He was banished from his birthplace, Sriperumbudur by king Kulottanga Chola. He was a staunch follower of Shaivism.
– He wrote Sri Bhashya. Sri Bhashya is a commentary on Sri Badarayana’s Vedanta Sutra.
– He headed Srirangam Vaishnava Math in Tamil Nadu.
(Adapted from the Hindu & Background from PrepMate-Cengage Ancient & Medieval History and Culture book)