One of the noted UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Karnataka, the land of the magnificent ruins, Hampi, is all set to become home to the world’s tallest Hanuman statue. By Kumar Shree
Pampapur Kishkindha, on the outskirts of Hampi, is soon going to house the world’s tallest Hanuman statue — 215 metres in height — and a sum of INR 1,200 crore has already been assigned for its construction.
President of the Hanumad Janmabhoomi Teerth Kheshtra Trust, Swami Govind Anand Saraswati announced the construction of the statue on November 16, 2020. While Hampi holds a significant place on the tourism map of India, Pampapur Kishkindha is no less in terms of mythological importance. According to The Ramayana, Kishkindha is the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. It is also the place where Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman had met for the first time.
Swami Govind Anand Saraswati also revealed plans for a nationwide Rath Yatra, in order to collect funds for the construction. Other than this, he also promised to gift an 80-feet rath to Ram Janmabhoomi. This rath will come to life during the next two years and will incur a cost of INR 2 crore.
The Hanuman statue in Karnataka that will be 215-metres tall has deliberately been kept shorter than the 251-metre tall statue of Lord Rama in Ayodhya. Since Lord Hanuman was a devotee of Lord Rama, the trust has collectively decided to keep his statue a bit shorter in height.
The 251-metre-tall statue of Lord Rama in Ayodhya will also surpass the statue of Gautam Buddha in China to become the new tallest statue in the world. The statue that will come on the banks of the Sarayu river will sit atop a 50-metre-high platform and will reach the final height of 301 metres.
Currently, the world’s tallest Hanuman statue stands in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada, which measures 41 metres in height.