On a momentous occasion, Union Home Minister Amit Shah virtually laid the foundation stone for what is set to become the tallest statue of Lord Rama in India. Standing at an awe-inspiring height of 108 feet, the magnificent statue will grace the village of Mantralayam in the Nandyal district of Andhra Pradesh. This ambitious project, estimated to cost over Rs 500 crore, is anticipated to serve as an emblem of ‘sanatan dharma’ (eternal duty) to the world, resonating the profound cultural and spiritual heritage of India for generations to come.
Situated on the picturesque banks of the Tungabhadra river, the location of the statue holds historical significance as the birthplace of the illustrious Vijayanagara empire. This empire stood as a symbol of valor, reclaiming the southern regions from invaders while upholding the ideals of “Swadesh and Swadharma” – the principles of national pride and individual duty.
The statue’s construction in Mantralayam is seen as a significant step towards bolstering the Vaishnava tradition, not only within India but also on a global scale. Spanning an impressive 10 acres, the grand structure is expected to be completed in two and a half years.
During the foundation stone laying event, Home Minister Amit Shah highlighted various initiatives under the Mantralayam Das Sahitya Prakalp. These initiatives encompass diverse aspects of welfare, including housing, food donation (Anna Daanam), organ donation (Pran Daanam), education donation (Vidya Daanam), drinking water provisions, and cow protection.
In his address, Minister Shah also expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his instrumental role in paving the way for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The temple’s foundation stone, a long-awaited aspiration, has been laid, and soon the idol of Ramlala will be installed, restoring Lord Shri Ram to his rightful place after centuries.
Moreover, during the event, Amit Shah paid homage to prominent spiritual figures such as Mathadhish of the Math, Saint Madhvacharya ji, and Saint Raghavendra Swami ji, acknowledging the rich Vaishnava tradition of the South and venerating all its revered saints.
The grand statue of Lord Rama in Mantralayam is set to become a beacon of faith, culture, and heritage, standing tall as a testament to the indomitable spirit of India’s ancient wisdom and spirituality. As the construction progresses, it is expected to draw pilgrims, devotees, and admirers from all corners of the world, fostering a deep connection to the divine and underscoring the essence of unity and devotion.