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The statue of equality: A tribute to the revolutionary legend

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WHAT IS STATUE OF EQUALITY?

Statue of Equality also known as Samatha Moorthi is a 216ft statue of an Indian philosopher, the great saint Ramanuja Charya. He is a Vaishnavite, but to the world, he’s known more as a social reformer than a devotee.

WHY IS HE KNOWN FOR EQUALITY?

Sri Bhagavad Ramanuja worked in a revolutionary way for social reform in those days. This extraordinary multifaceted genius brought about many a reform such as unity among all classes and creeds through his revolutionary step by taking Harijans into the temple at Melkote, showing no caste distinctions on the path of God. In the days of considering the lower caste as untouchables, Sri Ramanuja held them by hand, while walking them into temples as equals, Saying anybody can become a Vaishnavite irrespective of the caste.

Ramanuja acharya leading Harijans into the temple

Divulging the Ashtakshari Manthra of Lord Narayana to the world, regardless of consequences or indignities he was to have suffered from his Guru Goshtipurna. Sri Ramanuja stood upon the mandapam of the temple and chanted the mantra aloud in front of a crowd of Harijans and asked them to pass it on.

“If my act of revealing the Manthra, redeems the whole world, from the horrendous clutches of karma, and for that Infernal Hell will be the result, I have absolutely no objection going to that Hell,” said Sri Ramanuja to his Guru.

Presenting 9 treatises on his own, He reformed and systematized the deity worship in all the temples, especially in Srirangam, Tirupati, and protected the Agama System.

Ramanuja reciting Mantras to Harijans

WHY STATUE OF EQULITY?

HH Sri Chinnajeeyar swami says “It is to spread the word of equality throughout the world, which is very much needed these days as many forces outside are trying to disrupt the unity between us. Taking the path of equality, HH Sri ChinnaJeeyar swami continues Sri Ramanuja’s legacy by running schools, hospitals, orphanages, old age homes, and social work for free irrespective of caste, sex, or creed. His trust even runs Veda Vidyalaya where anyone of any identity can join. Even a few schools are opened in places as remote as Allampally which are infested by Naxalites and directed many people into the right path”.

Also Nethra Vidyalaya, a school for the blind is run with high standard equipment and skills.

Nethra college for the Blind

Recently during Sahasrabdi Utsava (inauguration) students from Netra Vidyalaya invented smart devices which are useful for the blind, and are inaugurated by the I&B minister Anurag Thakur.

Nethra students exhibiting their invention to I&B minister Anurag Thakur

As predicted, forces tried to disrupt the Sahasrabdi Utsavas, many missionaries and pseudo institutions tried to project Statue of equality as upper caste protrusion, without even knowing the facts behind it. As many VIPs such as President Ramnath Kovind, PM Modi, VP Venkaiah Naidu, CHM Amit Shah, Telangana CM KCR, Governor, Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy have attended the Sahasrabdi Utsavas, they tried almost every which way to evilize the event. Maybe they didn’t like the idea of ‘Hindus with no differences’ as it doesn’t serve their propaganda.

PM Modi at Sahasrabdi

The Sahasrabdi Utsavas has been celebrated grandly as a gathering of people irrespective of sex, age, caste, creed, and even religion. The people who are employed and volunteered assistance in the Utsavas have transcended the differences.

volunteers helping out in Sahasrabdi Utsavas

As HH Jeeyar said,” this is not just a tourist attraction but a place to spark a thought, bring your kids here and explain to them the legacy behind this, eradicate all the differences between us and create a beautiful world, JAI SRIMANNARAYANA”.

Source: live-report.

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