Shivaji Statue Facts & PICS | Height of Shivaji Maharaj statue in arabian sea
$500 million (₹ 3600 crore) has been allocated by the BJP-led govt to build the world’s tallest statue devoted to Shivaji. The statue is a symbol. Symbols are powerful and politicians understand that. The intentions are noble, the goal isn’t. In fact, given the price tag, the statue symbolizes everything that’s wrong with RSS-BJP driven nationalism is, low on intellectual agenda and
high on turbo-charged on emotions. The FACT museum of Indian history set up by François Gautier with the current total spending of about $143, 000 (₹ 1 crore) would do a much better job of teaching the missing nationalist narrative. Maybe the BJP government(s) should have taken a cue and improve/set up the museums around the country instead.
India plans to build the world’s tallest statue, twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, honoring a 17th-century Hindu warrior king.
King Shivaji fought India’s Muslim Mughal empire in the 17th century and carved out a kingdom in the Maharashtra region near modern-day Mumbai.
Some Hindus credit him with establishing the “ideal Hindu kingdom,” one that revived many ancient traditions. He is particularly popular among the Hindu nationalists dominating India’s politics at the moment.
But the 630-foot statue, to be built on reclaimed land in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai, has prompted many Indians to reach for their calculators. They say the statue’s whopping budget of more than $525 million could be used for better things.
Over the weekend, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the statue — which will be completed by 2019 — it reminded Indians about another tall, bronze statue that he had promised two years ago. Modi had called it the “Statue of Unity,” and it was to be the world’s tallest statue, portraying Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of India, in his home state of Gujarat.
But now the Shivaji statue in the Arabian Sea is set to be about 26 feet taller.
At 192 metres and costing $530m, the memorial off Mumbai’s coast will be twice the size of the Statue of Liberty.
The 192-metre statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji, a medieval Hindu ruler in the western state of Maharashtra who fought the Muslim Mughal dynasty and carved out his own kingdom, is expected to be completed by 2019.
To be built at a cost of about $530m, it will be more than twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York and five times higher than Christ the Redeemer in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.
But of course, who cares about all of that boring stuff, when you can dazzle the world with a giant statue that no one really needs. Or maybe that’s what you have been led to believe. Quite like the ingenious newRs 2,000 note, this soon-to-be an expensive reality has a host of secret features in it, that the masses are not aware of. Let’s have a look:
1) The statue turns into Batman at night and protects the city from crime.
2) The statue is secretly full of soldiers who are ready to protect the coast of Mumbai from invaders and terrorists. This idea might seem like it’s copied from the story of Helen of Troy, but actually it was the Trojans who stole this idea from pre-Vedic texts.
3) The Shivaji statue has 7,00,000 vacuum cleaners attached to its bottom that will clean not only the filth in the sea, but also the disgusting, yet somehow popular Juhu beach.
4) Not everyone would know this, but the Shivaji statue has high-resolution satellite operated cameras attached to it, that will be able to keep an eye on Pakistan, thanks to its staggering height.
5) Every time you rub a new Rs 2,000 note on the statue, the GPS chips in both activate a code that detects black money being deposited by hawalas in Switzerland.
6) Farmer suicides will be brought down by 78.235 per cent with this Shivaji statue because it covertly purifies sea water and transfers it to drought-stricken areas.
Ram Sutar, who is fashioning the 395-foot Shivaji statue with his son Anil, is unfazed by concerns over the Rs 3600-crore bill the sculpture will run up If people had worried about how much the Taj Mahal would cost, it would never have been built, says Ram Sutar, the 92-year-old Noida-based artist who, by 2018, is going to give the world its highest statue, that of the 17th century Maratha warrior king Shivaji.