The Statue of Social Justice – The 125 feet tall statue of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar is installed in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh in August 2023, and unveiled on 19 January 2023. The total height of this statue is 206 feet with an 81 feet high platform. The statue is taller than the 175 feet tall Ambedkar statue in Hyderabad, Telangana. In this article we are going to know all about the Dr Ambedkar’s statue in Vijayawada.
125-feet Ambedkar statue in Vijayawada
The statue of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar in Vijayawada is the tallest statue of Ambedkar, the fourth tallest statue in India and one of the 40 tallest statues in the world.
On 14 April 2023, a 125 feet tall statue of Babasaheb was inaugurated in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana. The total height of this statue is 175 feet with an 30 feet high platform. After this, the grand statue of Dr Ambedkar was installed in Vijayawada city of Andhra Pradesh.
It is a matter of great pride to install two 125 feet tall statues of Dr BR Ambedkar in the two Telugu speaking states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. This is a great honor to the father of our Constitution.
In January 2023, the construction of ‘Dr BR Ambedkar Smriti Vanam’ or ‘Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial’ was completed at Swarajya Maidan in the heart of Vijayawada city. A 125 feet (38 m) tall statue of the architect of the Constitution has been installed in this memorial. This 125 feet high bronze statue is installed on an 81 feet high platform or base building. The total height of this statue with the platform is 206 feet (63 meters).
“Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was a great force in the country’s social, economic and political spheres. Dr. Ambedkar had proved the importance of English education through his determination to master the language.”
– YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
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History : the Statue of Social Justice
In 2015, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu had announced the ‘Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Smriti Vanam’ Project on the occasion of Babasaheb’s 125th birth anniversary. Its cost was ₹ 200 crores. The project was to be implemented in Inavolu village of Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. In this project, there was a plan to build a grand memorial of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and his 125 feet tall statue. It was decided to make this statue on the occasion of Dr. Ambedkar’s 125th Jayanti, so the height of this statue was also kept at 125 feet.
But even after four years of coming to power, CM Naidu could not complete this work. Later in 2019, Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government was formed. The Chief Minister Reddy abandoned Naidu’s ‘Dr. Ambedkar Project’, and decided to build a new Ambedkar Project in Vijayawada, which also had a grand monument to Babasaheb and his 125 feet tall statue. On 9 July 2020, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy laid the foundation stone of 125 feet tall statue of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in Vijayawada.
After this, the construction of the huge statue of Babasaheb started and the work continued for the next 3 years and 6 months. The Chief Minister renamed ‘Swarajya Maidan’ (formerly known as ‘PWD Maidan’) as ‘Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Swarajya Maidan’. In the last week of August 2023, the statue of Dr. Ambedkar was almost ready. But other construction of Ambedkar memorial was completed in January 2024. The Chief Minister unveiled the memorial of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on January 19, 2024.
Records of Ambedkar statue at Vijayawada
- This is the tallest statue of Ambedkar in the world
- This is the fourth tallest statue in India
- This is the second tallest statue in South India
- This is the second tallest standing statue in India
- This is 31 feet taller than Hyderabad’s Ambedkar statue
Features of the Biggest Ambedkar statue
- Vijayawada Ambedkar statue opening date : The 125-foot tall statue of Dr BR Ambedkar at Vijayawada, unveiled on 19 January 2024.
- The Dr BR Ambedkar Smriti Vanam or the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial in Vijayawada is spread 18.81 acres. Initially only 7 acres of land was available for the memorial, but the remaining constructions had to be removed and another 12 acres of land was made available for the memorial.
- The main center of attraction in the memorial is the 125 feet tall statue of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar.
- Vijayawada Ambedkar statue height : This is a 125 feet tall statue of Ambedkar, which is mounted on a platform 81 feet high, and the total height of this statue is 206 feet.
- It is the biggest Ambedkar statue in the world, India’s second-standing tallest statue, and the 4th tallest statue in India.
- Vijayawada’s Ambedkar statue is also the 2nd tallest statue in South India.
- In the statue, Babasaheb’s shoes are about 12 feet high, weighing about 12 tons.
- The memorial has been constructed at Swarajya Maidan (PWD Maidan) in Vijayawada. Swarajya Maidan was renamed as ‘Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Swarajya Maidan’.
- It is a prestigious project and a major attraction for tourists. A beautiful garden has been developed on 20 acres of memorial land.
- The Ambedkar statue reflects the importance of equality and liberty.
- The Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Smriti Vanam has many facilities such as Ambedkar’s biographical museum, a mini theatre, a convention centre, sky lighting, fountains, a library among others.
- The Ambedkar memorial also has a multipurpose convention hall with 3,000 seats, an open theatre with 2,000 seats, and a library with 10,000 books.
- Biography of Dr. Ambedkar is also visible in the gallery. The thoughts of Babasaheb have been displayed on the wide streets and attractive footpaths in the park.
- Here are images of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s memorials from various places across India; In which Deekshabhoomi (Nagpur), Chaityabhoomi (Mumbai), Nirvanabhoomi (Delhi), Ambedkar Memorial (Lakhanpur) and Prerna Sthal (Noida) have been shown.
- This statue of Babasaheb is made of bronze metal. 352 metric tonnes of steel and 112 metric tonnes of brass have been used to make this statue.
- Ambedkar statue in Vijayawada cost : The total cost on this project is ₹404.35 crores (US$48 million).
- Chennai-based IIIT has designed the Ambedkar statue.
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Other tall statues of Ambedkar
The 125 feet tall statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in Hyderabad was unveiled on 14 April 2023. A total of 175 feet tall including the base building, this statue is the second tallest statue of Dr Ambedkar in the world, as well as the 5th tallest statue in India.
The Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Welfare Society in Jaipur, Rajasthan also has a tall statue of Babasaheb, which is currently the third tallest statue of Dr. Ambedkar, although there is no information about its height. (see photo)
In 2019, the Telangana government installed a 27 feet 6 inch tall statue of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar at the Center for Dalit Studies in Borabanda, Hyderabad. This is the fourth tallest statue of Babasaheb at present.
The Statue of Equality is the 350 feet tall statue of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar is being erected in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The statue will have a total height of 450 feet including a 100 feet high plinth or foundation building. The work of this memorial is going on at a slow pace and the grand statue will be completed in 2026. Ambedkar’s Statue of Equality will be the second tallest statue in India and the third or fourth tallest statue in the world.
On 14 April 2022, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath announced the construction of the “world’s tallest statue of Babasaheb” in Bhopal. But he did not give any information about the height of the statue. If decided to install the statue, it is likely to be more than 100 feet tall.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s importance and his popularity have increased greatly in all the states of India.
Que. 1 – Where is the biggest statue of Ambedkar?
Ans. The tallest statue of Ambedkar is located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, with a height of 206 feet.
Que. 2 – Which is the largest Ambedkar statue in India?
Ans. 206 feet tall Ambedkar in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, is the largest Ambedkar statue in India.
Que. 3 – Which is the biggest statue in India?
Ans. The Statue of Unity is the biggest statue in India.
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