“Alone we can do little and together we can do so much”, is the famous quote that everyone has heard. And yes, true our Nation ranks always top in maintaining unity. And in order to enhance this bond of unity, our honorable Prime Minister, Sri. Narendra Modi, has gifted this Nation the statue of Dr. Sardar Vallabhai Patel, who strived hard for the nation’s unity. This statue is named as the ‘STATUE OF UNITY’.
Twice the life-sized, his statue was built by the famous sculptor Ram .V. Sultar, in the state of Gujarat. It is regarded as the World’s largest statue, of height 182 mts(597 ft). The project was first announced in 2010, and the work was started by October 2014. This statue is an enlarged version of the Sardarji’s statue at Ahmadabad International Airport. The statue depicts Vallabhai Patel, one of the prominent leaders of Indian Independent Movement, the first Deputy Prime minister of India and the one responsible for uniting all the princely states forming the political border of India.
After studying numerous statues of Patel, across the nation, a team of historians, artists and academics chose to proceed with the design opted by Ram .V. Sultar. The structure, pose and the expression on the statue, marks dignity, confidence and iron will along with the kindness. The head is up, the shawl flung from the shoulders, the dhoti cladded legs and his hands down as if he is ready to walk are the features that make the statue extra-ordinary.
The statue is divided into five zones and out of which only three is accessible to the public. About 1,28,000 tourists have visited this place so far as it was opened to the public on 1st November 2018. The statue remains closed on every Monday, for the maintenance purpose. In spite of many criticisms and oppositions, this statue stands boldly marking the nature of Sardar Vallabhai Patel.
This place at Gujarat is not only for the purpose to take pride but also to make us understand the purpose of unity. We are the pillars of this Nation and we are responsible for its unity. This statue is built exactly facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam of the Narmada River.
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