The Statue of Unity was inaugurated by the current Prime Minister of India – Mr. Narenda Modi, with great pomp and splendor. This statue boasts of an audio-visual gallery, an exhibition area, a 3-star hotel, and more. Now, coming close to this is its successor – The Rama Statue in Ayodhya to be built in Ayodhya.
Rama Statue in Ayodhya
Ayodhya is a city located in the Ayodhya district of Uttar Pradesh. Why Ayodhya you may ask? This is because, after his successful battle with Raavan, Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya and it is also the birthplace of Lord Ram. Therefore, this place holds a significant position in Ramayana and Mahabaratha.
The idea was conceptualized way back in 2017. However, it has now taken concrete steps. Chief Minister of State Mr. Yogi Adityanath, on his visit to Ayodhya, confirmed that the work on the Lord Ram statue will begin soon. The Rama Statue in Ayodhya will be 151 meters tall and will have a platform of 50 meters, taking the overall height to 201 meters. In fact, this pedestal will be the bank of River Saryu and will be a part of the Tourism Department’s plan coined ‘Naya Ayodhya.’
Just like the Statue of Unity, the Rama Statue in Ayodhya will be made of bronze and will house several attractions such as an art gallery, a museum, an auditorium, a laser show, etc. The river Saryu is being diverted in such a way to make it look like it is touching the feet of Lord Ram. The sculpture is half complete and works on the diversion of the river has already begun.
Money Matters for the Rama Statue in Ayodhya
The Rama Statue in Ayodhya is estimated to cost the Government a whopping Rs. 300 crores. There are plans to use the corporate funds for this project. As per the Government, the basic idea is to bring about ‘social development’ and to boost religious tourism in Uttar Pradesh. Comparatively, the Statue of Unity had a budget of Rs. 2,900 crores.
The Government has opened up 86 tourism projects, worth Rs. 2,725 crores in 10 towns, including Varanasi and Gorakhpur, to companies that may want to spend their mandatory 2% of Net Profit under CSR on them. This amount would then be used as a part of the Government’s plan to develop ‘Navya Ayodhya,’ which includes the construction of the Statue of Lord Rama.
There is still limited clarity on the source for generation of funds for the Statue. However, just like the Statue of Unity was built on the Public Private Partnership model, the Rama Statue in Ayodhya seems to be following suit.
The Statue of Unity which is made in the image of freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhai Patel is the World’s tallest statue. However, once built, the Ram Statue in Ayodhya will take its position over. With the general elections next year and Ram temple issue remaining in the core of the state politics, the Statue project is likely to take shape soon. Only time whether it served it’s purpose or no.