You must have heard about the Statue of Liberty in New York, it is one of the famous tourist attractions in America. Now, In India, we also a grand statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. I am sure you are here to satisfy your curiosity and probably were asked to write an essay on the statue of unity or to prepare a speech. Am I right? In this article, we have given you information about the topic in simple English.
Essay on Statue of Unity
India has got a rich and prosperous heritage. Our history shows us about our vast and epic heritage. Our monuments, ancient scriptures, places are the witness of rich culture and traditions. Monuments like Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Ajanta caves, Konark Sun Temple, Chaar Minar, and so many others are the exhibits that represent India to the rest of the world and have become the identity of India.
It’s a humongous statue of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, who was India’s one of the great freedom fighters and the first home minister of independent India. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was a chief follower of Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent independence movement of India. Vallabh Bhai Patel was highly respected for his contribution to uniting the 562 princely states of India to form the single Union of India. It’s named as the statue of unity to honor his great work of unity.
World’s Tallest Statue
Yes, it’s true. The Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue with a height of 182 meters (597 ft). The second height statue in the world is the Spring Temple Buddha in Lushan, Henan in China whose height is 128 meters (420 ft). It located on a river island that faces the Sardar Sarovar Dam in the Narmada river. The statue is located in the Kevadiya colony, 100 kilometers southeast of the Vadodara city in Gujarat state.
The project was first announced in the year 2010 and the construction started in October month of the year 2013. The contract of the construction of the statue was received by Larsen & Toubro(L & T Limited) company for ₹2,989 crores (US$420 million) from the Gujarat government.
Sculptor – Ram V. Sutar
The statue was designed by a Maharashtrian sculptor Ram V. Sutar, who is 94 years old and has created more than 50 monumental sculptures. He is also a recipient of Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards for his contribution in the field of arts. The statue of unity was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on 31 October 2018 which was the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
According to the official site, the statue will not only remind every individual for India’s freedom struggle but will also inspire people to ingrain Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s visionary ideologies of patriotism, power of unity, inclusive growth and good governance.
It also states that the statue will not just be a mute memorial like the rest but is a fully functional, purposeful tribute that will encourage all-round socio-economic development, in the form of healthcare and education infrastructure, better connectivity, a research center for agricultural development and various tribal development activities.
A very few people know that there is not just a statue but an all-around tourist destination created over there to pull the tourists from every corner of the world. The following are some interesting features.
Shrestha Bharat Bhavan 🏢🛏️
Shrestha Bharat Bhavan is a massive 52 key 3-star facility with 2 guestroom levels with meal services, a ballroom, and spaces for events and meetings. The facility is surrounded by beautiful lush gardens and is an exhibit of simple and modern architecture.
Museum and Audio Visual Gallery 🎭🎨
The project includes a unique museum and audio-visual gallery which will put of shows putting light on the life and times of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and India’s independence era.
A Laser, Light and Sound Show 💡🎶
The projects also include a laser, light and sound show which puts light on the efforts of the Unification of India.
A Dedicated Research Center 👨⚕️🔬
A dedicated research center is developed for the research and development of the subjects close to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel‘s heart like agriculture development and Good Governance. Subjects like water management and tribal development will also be studied and researched.
Restaurants and recreational Spots 🍜🥤📸
The projects also include refreshments areas, restaurants, entertainment spots to make it a tourist attraction, encouraging tourism and employment for the local tribal region.
Ferry Services ⛴️
Special ferry services are also included in the project to give a better enjoyment of the monument and to also avoid vehicular traffic and pollution.
A Monumental View ⛰️
An amazing provision is made to have a panoramic view with a heavy load open lift alongside the state from where people can enjoy the view of Sardar Sarovar Nigam project and surrounding region from the height close to 400 ft.
Interesting Facts about the Statue of Unity
- It is the world’s tallest statue.
- The sculptor of the statue Ram V. Sutar is 94 years old and is awarded Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
- The budget of the project is ₹2,989 crores (US$420 million).
- It will have a viewing gallery at 153 meters which can accommodate 200 people simultaneously.
- The construction time of the projects is fixed for 42 months.
- The statue will be able to withstand the wind velocity up to 60m/sec, vibrations and earthquakes.
- 22500 metric tons of cement will be used for the construction.
Visiting Hours & Online Booking
The visiting hours at Shreshta Bharat Bhawan/Partima Hotel are from 08.30 AM to 05.00 PM. The visiting hours for the ticketing center are 08.00 AM to 05.00 PM. Place remains closed on all MONDAYS for maintenance purposes. You can book your ticket online HERE.