World's Tallest Statue of Mahatma Gandhi Unveiled in Patna

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Friday unveiled the world's tallest bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the sprawling Gandhi Maidan in the presence of several dignitaries, including two Gandhians and the artists who built the statue.

CM and other dignitaries at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.CM and other dignitaries at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.Standing tall at 72 feet, the statue dethrones the 16 feet statue of Gandhi at the Parliament campus in New Delhi that proudly held the distinction of the largest statue of Bapu in the world until today.

Ravindra Prasad, the Chief Engineer of the State Building Construction Department, said that the statue of Gandhi itself is 40 feet high but with the pedestal reaching 24 feet and another eight feet for the stairs, the total height of the structure is measured at 72 feet making it the tallest Gandhi statue in the world.

The bronze statue in which the Father of the Nation is flanked by two children from both sides, has been built at the cost of Rs. 10 crore funded by the Bihar government, Prasad said adding the statue was built by Delhi's renowned sculptor firm Ramsutar and Sons.

The pedestal itself includes inscriptions and images highlighting milestones in Gandhi's life including the Dandi March, Quit India Movement, Champaran Satyagraha, and an image of Charkha symbolizing the call for self-rule by the Father of the Nation.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the statue was the gift to all who cherished freedom and peace in the world.

Noted Gandhian and Director of the Gandhi Museum in Patna Razi Ahmad and Tripurari Sharan, Chairperson of the All India Khadi Gramodyog Board were also present on the occasion.

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