The Complete Statue of Unity Guide

It’s been called the striking centerpiece of Modi’s international development programs. It’s been called the highest statue in the world. It took over four years to build and has attracted controversy from around the world. The Statue of Unity is undoubtedly an important monument – but what do you need to know? Read on to learn more about the complete Statue of Unity guide.

Statue of Unity: What’s in a Name?

While the statue’s title, “Statue of Unity”, is straightforward, there are different names for it. In Hindi, it is referred to as “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Smarak”. In English, however, the name may be different from the official title. For example, Wikipedia notes that this statue is also known as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Smarak” which means “Patel Memorial Centre”.

How Tall Is the Statue of Unity?

The Statue of Unity stands at 182 meters (597 ft), making it taller than Hong Kong’s HSBC Building. It is part of a series of projects known collectively as the “Statue of Unity” initiative, which unifies India’s heritage in one location.

As with any building project, designing a structure that has so many components has come with its share of challenges. For example, in order to include elements on the lower level, the statue had to be built on a scaffold, so that it could be raised to its final position.

 If this were not possible, then two other designs were considered (one without the podium and one without the pedestal). As the statue was being planned, constructing the foundation was an equally big challenge.

The statue faces eastwards, which means that it is visible from a distance of 244 km (151 mi). This height makes it the tallest statue in the world – but not the tallest. The Statue of Unity will not be taller than Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

5 Facts About the Statue of Unity

  1. The Statue of Unity is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was the Deputy Prime Minister of India during the period of the Indian Independence movement. He was also the Home Minister and Minister of State. Born in 1875, he died in 1950 at the age of 72.
  1. The Statue of Unity project began in 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that it would be completed by 2018 – marking the 150th anniversary of India’s independence from British rule. He tasked the NHAI (National Highways Authority) with developing and constructing a foundation to support an approximately 100 m (328 ft) tall statue.
  1. In addition to the statue, there are plans to construct two other structures. These are a museum and a memorial, both of which would be complementary to Patel’s legacy and be located in Kevadia Colony, near Chhota Udepur in Gujarat.
  1. The Statue of Unity was designed by Ram V Sutar. Sutar is an artist and sculptor from Los Angeles who has worked in the fields of architecture and public art for over 30 years. He is the author of “Statue of Liberty: My Quest for Liberty”.
  1. The statue was constructed slowly over a series of years. Design works started in 2015 and construction began in 2017. The statue’s pedestal was completed first, followed by the arm, etc. Overall, the statute took 5,400 working days to complete – all of which were overtime hours.

3 Places to Visit Near the Statue of Unity

Museum – The museum would focus on Patel’s life and achievements and will feature a collection of photographs, maps, and paintings from his time. It is hoped that visitors would be able to feel the same sense of awe that Patel must have experienced when he saw the great structures he designed in India from a distance.

Memorial – Another memorial is planned at his ancestral home, as well as a “Numaligarh Movement” recognition park at Kevadia Colony. These would include plaques dedicated to those who supported the independence movement and a library to archive documents relating to Gandhi’s influence on Indian culture.

Statue of Unity Museum – The statue’s pedestal would serve as a home to the future museum, which will include a collection of objects relating to Patel and his achievements.

How to Reach the Statue of Unity

Once you reach Ahmedabad, there are two ways to get to Kevadia. You can either drive on your own, or you can use public transport. If you are driving on your own, choose one of these routes:

Chenga Road – This route begins at Ahmedabad and ends at Kevadia Colony near Chhota Udepur. This is a dirt road – the second-largest highway in the country. The route begins on Nava Vasah Road, which continues south to Ahmedabad, and turns north onto Kevadia Road.

Nani Dam – This route begins at Ahmedabad and ends at Kevadia Colony near Chhota Udepur. The route begins at Ahmedabad, on the Nava Vasah Road and continues south to Nani Dam, and turns east onto the Nani Dam-Kevadia Colony Road.

If you are using public transport to reach Kevadia Colony, you can take a bus from Ahmedabad or Vadodara. To know more about the Statue of Unity Gujarat tour or Statue of Unity Gujarat packages get in contact with us at Dazzling Travel Planners today!