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A towering tribute to Bhakti saint Ramanuja (Relevant for prelims)

About the statue:
A towering 216-feet-high panchaloha statue of 10th century Bhakti saint Ramanuja will be the second biggest in the world (the tallest being the Great Buddha in Thailand at 302 ft), forming the centrepiece of a Rs.1,000 crore complex of 108 temples on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

What is statue of equality:
The ‘Statue of Equality’ crafted in China is conceptualised as a tribute to Ramanujacharya’s philosophy and teachings, and its installation will mark the launch of the 1,000th birth anniversary celebrations.

About Ramanuja
Ramanuja (traditionally, 1017–1137 CE) was a Hindu theologian, philosopher, and one of the most important exponents of the Sri Vaishnavism tradition within Hinduism. He was born in a Tamil Brahmin family in the village of Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. He is philosophical foundations for devotionalism were influential to the Bhakti movement.



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