30 Facts about the Statue of Unity

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The statue is about 182 M. It is dedicated to “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel” who is the architect of independent India. The statue is considered the world’s tallest statue which is located in the state of Gujarat.

30 Facts about the statue of unity

1. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary

On Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary, The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi displays the Statue of Unity. A bronze statue of India’s first home minister who states in print dependent India to build the republic of India.

2. The foundation of the Statue project

The foundation of this project was first announced on 7 October 2010 by Modi. He was the chief minister of Gujarat at that time and this project was laid on 31st October 2013.

3. At 182 meters, the Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world

this statue towers over China the Spring Temple Buddha statue by 29 meters, and the world-famous Statue of Liberty stands about 89 meters tall. The height of the base of the Statue of Unity is 58 meters.

4. A huge number of engineers and Workers worked to build the Statue of Unity

Most of the people did not know that there were a huge number of engineers and workers who worked to build a statue of unity. 300 engineers and 3000 workers worked for almost 3 and half years to complete this statue. The name of the company that built the statue was Larsen and Toubro.

5. Cost to build the statue

The cost of the statue was rupees 3000 crores or USD $ 400 to 450 million spent on the construction of the Statue of Unity.

6. Material used in making of the Statue of Unity

Let’s see that what was required in making the Statue of Unity are 70,000 cement 25,000 terms of Steel and 12000 bronze panels covering the structure and weighing around 1700 terms were used to build the great statue.

7. Design of the Statue

The Statue of Unity is the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Before the making of the Statue of Unity, a full team of historians, artists and lots of academics studied the Statue of Patel across India. After studying the statues they chose the Statue of Patel which was made by Indian Sculptor, Ram V. Sutra.

8. Where the statue is installed?

So, the Statue of Unity is a larger copy of the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that is installed at Ahmed Ahmedabad International Airport. The design of the statue is explained by Ram sutra’s son Anil Sutra.

9. His words

He said that the expression, posture, and pose justify the dignity, confidence as well as kindness that his personality exudes, the head is looking up as the shawl flung beside the shoulders, and his hands are on the side as if he is all set for a walk.

10. Beautiful Location of the Statue

The location of this monument is really beautiful. The statue is located next to the Mighty River “Narmada” and “Sardar Sarovar Dam”, with the beautiful “Vindhya” and “Satpura mountain ranges” on both sides.

11. Bronze covering of the Statue

The bronze covering of the Statue has been done by China Jiangxi Toqine Company. The Statue of Unity is three-layered. The innermost layer is made up of reinforced cement, concrete, steel, and bronze.

12. About the height of the Statue

The height of the Statue is nearly 182 meters, is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty which is 93 meters in the United States, and it is 40% taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha which is about 128 meters.

13. India’s farmer’s contribution in the making the Statue

Let’s see the contribution from the farmer’s side in building the statue, over 129 tons of scrap iron were used in making the base of the statue. This iron chip was donated by 100 million farmers in India.

14. Developing of the Statue

The development of the Statue is a normal process. The Statue of Unity would turn from the bronze color to the green color due to a natural aging process of bronze, the chemical name for the process of oxidation.

15. The Statue of Liberty

It is also one kind of Statue like the Statue of Unity. so, it went from its original dull brown color to Green color after 30 years.

16. The high-speed lift inside the Statue of Unity

Inside the Statue of Unity, there are four high-speed lifts. These lifts are in the statue’s legs. One lift can carry around 26 people to the top in just 30 seconds.

17. Things inside the Statue of Unity

So, you guys must be amazed to know that in the Statue of Unity, there is a three-star lodging facility, a Memorial Garden, and a grand museum.

18. The Viewing Gallery

The viewing gallery from the Inside of the statue is a height of 153 meters.153 meters above the ground comes the heart of the Statue. So you all can say that the weaving gallery is inside the heart of the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It sounds a little cheesy but this is the truth.

19. Amazing night show

Everyday at 7:00 p.m. the night show in the Statue of Unity starts. This night show is really amazing. You can feel the specialty of the night show after seeing it with your own eyes. In the night show, The Statue of Unity itself acts as the screen and you would come to know about the story of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and the struggle of India for independence.

20. Small introduction about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

He was born on 31st October 1875 and died on 15 December 1950. He was the second prime minister of India from 1947 to 1950. He was also a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and played an important role in the struggle for independence.

21. A successful lawyer

By profession, Vallabhbhai Patel was a successful lawyer. After suffering a massive Heart Attack it means his (second Heart Attack) Patel died on 15 December 1950 at Birla’s house in Bombay.

22. Introduction and history of the Statue of Unity

The meaning of Statue of Unity has a deep meaning inside, it means the statue that “unites”. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the leader in India that United 562 princely states of India with the former British raj to form the single Union of India.

23. Things to know before going to the Statue of Unity

The Statue of Unity is open from Tuesday to Sunday and closed on Monday. The timing is from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visitors can usually spend 2 to 3 hours visiting the statue. This place is especially crowded on Sundays.

24. There are four types of tickets for the Statue of Unity

1. Basic entry ticket
2. Viewing gallery cricket
3. Express entry ticket
4. and the last one is a Foreigner express entry ticket.

25. The Statue of Unity project said as a memorial to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

The statue will not only remind every individual of our country’s freedom, and struggle but will also inspire the people of our country to inculcate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s visionary ideologies of Unity, Patriotism, inclusive growth, and good governance.

26. Built in less than 5 years

It is the world’s tallest grandest statue beating the Spring Temple Buddha in China with his currently the world’s biggest statue. It was built on the Sadhu island in the state of Gujarat near Rajpipla. Its Foundation stone was laid by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961.

27. Indian government

According to the prediction of the Indian government, the Statue of Unity will generate approximately 15000 direct jobs for the local native people every year.

28. Construction of the Statue

The construction was started in the last week of October 2013 and completed in mid-October 2018. It was inaugurated on 31st October which marks the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.

29. How can one reach?

The Travellers can reach the Statue of Unity by road, air, or sea. Two state Highways connect the statue to all the important cities of Gujarat and the rest of India.

30. Played a major role in the independence movement and political organization

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is doubtless one of the legendary figures of India and nationhood to the Indian independence movement and political organization of postcolonial India. Just 3 years after Indian Independence, the subcontinent’s 584 princely states were given the choice of joining either Pakistan or India following the 1947 partition.

Conclusion

India will now have the tallest statue in the world and that is Sardar Patel’s statue. It will add to the symbolic and rhetorical Pride that Indians like to celebrate these days.

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