(pic) chariots made of sandstone at ‘Sri Ramanuja ‘Samata-Kendramu’ are inspired by the iconic stone chariot at the ‘Vijaya-Vittala temple complex in Hampi (Karnataka,)’ a Unesco world heritage site in Vijayanagara district. (source of pic: PTI FILE PHOTO)
The 216-feet tall ‘Statue of Equality’ of Sriramanujacharya that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “dedicated to the world” recently was made in China and cost about Rs 135 crore.
China’s Aerosun Corporation was awarded the contract in August 2015 while an Indian company was also in the fray.
Casting works were carried out in China and the statue was brought here in 1,600 pieces. The installation took place in 2017-18, taking about 15 months, according to a report by Deccan Herald.
The statue is mounted on a 54-feet high base building, named ‘Bhadra Vedi’, which has floors devoted to a Vedic digital library and research centre, ancient Indian texts, a theatre, an educational gallery detailing many works of Sri Ramanujacharya.
The statue – among the world’s tallest – has been conceptualised by Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami of Sri Ramanujacharya Ashram.
‘Bhagyapuri’ is the newest spiritual tourism attraction in Telangana – a vast temple complex on 45 acres, with a 216-feet Ramanujacharya statue in the centre – has a Karnataka connection too!
I understand there is a plan to link up ‘Bhagyapuri’ with Gaya (in Bihar,) Kashi and Mathura (in U.P) and also the ‘The Char Dham’ (meaning: four abodes or four pilgrimage sites.)
Hindus with some (any) spirituality left in them believe that visiting these sites helps in achieving moksha (salvation).
The ‘Char Dhams’ are, Badrinath (in Uttarkhand state of India,) Dwarka (in Gujarat state of India,) Jagannath Puri (in Odisha state of India) and last but not least, Rameshwaram (in Tamilnadu state of India.)
- Ramanuja (c. 1077–1157 CE) Rāmānujā; also known as Ramanujacharya was a Hindu philosopher, theologian, social reformer and one of the most important exponents of the “Sri Vaishnavism tradition” within Hinduism.
- Ramanuja philosophy leads us towards unquestioned devotion (‘Bhakti movement’ in Hinduism) to realize almighty god.
- Ramanuja was the first Hinduism saint-philosopher who accepted all castes and communities into the Sri Vaishnava tradition.
- ‘Bhakti movement’ used local languages of India so ‘message of spiritualism’ reached the masses in India (see NOTE-2.)
- ‘Bhakti movement’ was inspired by many poet-saints, who championed a wide range of philosophical positions ranging from theistic dualism of Dvaita to absolute monism of Advaita Vedanta
Another place in Andhra Pradesh where ancient spiritual history from Bhagavat_puranas have been immortalised in brick and plaster is SURENDRAPURI.
I have visited SURENDRAPURI. It takes a whole day to visit enchanting episodes from Srimad Bhagavatam that have been elugised there. View some of them in my blog@
In my view, Tamilnadu & Kerala state have lost all spiritual history and philosophy of sanatana Hinduism because of colonial dominance and influences from tyranny of Mughul rule (of over 1000 years in India;) also British Raj (of over 200 years in India.) Alien Marxism and Maoism has filled the vacuum in these 2-southern States of India. Shiva temples in these 2-states have been derprived of ancient heritage, spiritual history, vedantic thoughts of ‘Ramanuja’ due to liberal pseudo secularism that has gripped the administrators there.
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Serice (IPS) officers and Judiciary in High Courts in these 2-states just play second fiddle to politicians that rule Tamilnadu and Kerala with an atheist mindset.
According to Article 343 of the Indian Constitution, India has no National Language but, English and Hindi are ‘popular’ official languages. Each State of India has own official language.
- (popular as in ‘majority ‘of people who can understand or speak or communicate in a language with other members in a gathering in India.)
However, Members of Parliament and State Assemblies are allowed to speak in a language that is comfortable to them in order to interact with other members of Parliament/State Assembly. For ‘official languages’ of India, Parliament and State Assemblies provide audio translation devices for use during a Parliament/Assembly session.
More on languages in India@ Languages of India – New World Encyclopedia
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