His big toe is about the size of a basketball hoop.
You would have to climb 182 meters or 597 feet into the sky to reach the top of the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world, and a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, an Indian leader of independence, who was crucial to uniting a broken country was.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Wednesday – Mr. Patel's birthday – known as National Unity Day – to unveil the mammoth statue that looks over green hills and the Narmada River in the western state of Gujarat.
For the perspective: It is almost twice as high as the Statue of Liberty, which reaches 305 feet including the pedestal. Without her pedestal, more than five Lady Libertys would be upside down to reach the head of the statue (or four, if you count the tip of their torch).
The statue was designed by Ram V. Sutar, 93, one of the most prolific monumental sculptors in history. It broke up against the objections of local tribal leaders who were upset by the destruction of land for the project and the $ 400 million price.
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Mr. Patel was the first deputy prime minister of India and worked to bring together more than 500 princely states ruled by indigenous monarchs. He negotiated with the various rulers and convinced all but a few to join the newly formed Indian trade union within two years.
The statue received the title of the tallest temple in the world from the Temple of the Spring Temple in Lushan, China, which reaches a height of more than 300 meters 128 meters or 420 feet.
But it will not last long. India plans to open the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial in 2021 on a 15-acre property in the Arabian Sea that juts 212 meters into the sky.
Alisha Haridasani Gupta contributed to the coverage.