On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated a 216-foot Ramanujacharya statue here, emphasizing the 11th-century saint’s message of equality for all. Ramanujacharya, who supported equality in all aspects of life, including faith, caste, and creed, is commemorated by the ‘Statue of Equality.’
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao did not attend the event, and the state BJP slammed him for not receiving Modi at the airport earlier in the day. He was sick and resting, according to the CM’s office. Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Union Minister for Tourism G Kishan Reddy, and Telangana Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav were among those who welcomed the Prime Minister.
The monument is set atop the ‘Bhadra Vedi,’ a 54-foot tall foundation building with floors dedicated to a Vedic digital library and research center, ancient Indian scriptures, a theatre, and an educational gallery featuring many of Sri Ramanujacharya’s works. Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami of Sri Ramanujacharya Ashram is the statue’s creator.
One of the schools followed the Advaita philosophy as defined by Adi Shankaracharya, as the name suggests. To put it another way, the primary concept of Vedanta is that Brahman (God or Ishwara) and Atman (oneself, devotee) are one and the same. Maya is the physical reality that divides Atman from the concept of oneness. Maya is a Sanskrit word that roughly translates to “that is not.”
Sri Ramanujacharya dedicated his life to the upliftment of people, believing that all individuals are equal regardless of nationality, gender, color, caste, or creed. The inauguration of the Statue of Equality is part of Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Samaroham, Sri Ramanujacharya’s ongoing 1000th birth anniversary festivities. On this day, it is appropriate to recall the saint who, 10 centuries ago, revolutionized the Vaishnav devotional tradition.
Ramanujacharya discovered via discussions with his pupils, devotees, and colleagues that any philosophy cannot be sustained solely by making disciples and teaching to others. For this, it is vital to rewrite prior scholars’ texts so that the general public may understand the entire philosophy. Ramanujacharya began writing the commentary on the Brahmasutra to put this theory into practice. ‘Sri Bhashya’ is the name given to it. Other books written by Ramanujacharya include ‘Vedantadeep,’ ‘Vedantasar Sangrah,’ ‘Geetabhashya,’ ‘Nityaradhana-Vidhi,’ and ‘Gadyatraya.’ Ramanujacharya traveled for a tour of Bharat after finishing the writing of these writings.
“Ramanujacharya showed how societal progress and staying faithful to one’s heritage may coexist,” Modi added.
“When it comes to social changes and advancement in today’s world, it is often assumed that reforms will occur at a distance from the source. When we observe Ramanujacharya, however, we understand that progress and antiquity are not mutually exclusive. Reforms don’t have to take you far from your roots. Rather, we must reconnect with our true roots, recognise our true power, and take action “he stated.
He emphasized that the country is now working together for everyone’s growth and social fairness so that people who have been oppressed for generations can contribute to the country’s progress.
On the richness of Telugu culture, he mentioned the 13th-century Kakatiya Rudreshwara Ramappa temple in Telangana, which was recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Pochampalli, which was named the greatest tourism hamlet by the World Tourism Organization.
The statue’s unveiling is part of the ongoing Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Samaroham, which commemorates Ramanujacharya’s 1000th birth anniversary.