The idol considered to be the best among the new age idols is undoubtedly the Statue of Unity i.e. the Statue of Unity. With a magnificent superstructure, this unique statue of 182 meters is the tallest statue in the world. This massive statue is of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, considered the Iron Man of India. This magnificent statue is a soulful tribute to Sardar Patel’s unprecedented contribution, loyalty, dedication and determination to our country. This statue will prove very helpful in making our future generation aware of the role of Sardar Patel in realizing the dream of united India.
Who was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel?
Sardar Patel was the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of independent India. He played an important role in the independence movement of India and the integration of India after independence. At the time when India became independent, India was divided into 542 different princely states. Sardar Patel had taken the responsibility of building a huge nation by unifying these princely states.
Even during the freedom movement, he took an active part in many movements such as the Disobedience Movement, Quit India Movement against the British Government.
Kevadia Statue of Unity in Gujarat – An Engineering Marvel
The magical hands of Shri Ram Vanji Sutar ji ornamented with the titles of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan have drawn the outline of this giant statue. Approximately 60,000 tonnes of cement, 14,500 tonnes of reinforced steel and 4,000,000 tonnes of structured steel have been used in its construction. More than 3000 artisans and more than 200 engineers have created this impressive and extraordinary statue by suffering day and night.
The Statue of Unity is 182 meters high, the world’s last largest statue, 153 meters tall, the Spring Temple of China is much taller than the Buddha. This statue is almost twice as high as the Statue of Liberty (93 meters), a famous statue located in the United States.
The then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modiji laid the foundation stone of this project on 31 October 2013. On 31 October 2014, Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India unveiled this statue to commemorate Sardar Patel’s 173rd birthday.
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Unique iron campaign
Due to the iron-like will and determination of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the integration of the whole of India was completed after independence. For this reason, he is called the Iron Man of India. A unique iron expedition was launched across India to commemorate his unprecedented success. All the farmers and villagers of India were requested to donate all their unusable iron tools and clay for this grand campaign so that all of them can be used in the construction of this giant statue. This campaign received a unique response across India. Under the “Statue of Unity Campaign”, 6 lakh villagers donated about 5,000 metric tons of iron in 3 months.
Vision of unity statue
Last December, I had the opportunity to observe this unprecedented concept. This opportunity proved to be very convenient. From Vadodara I caught a bus of Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation and set out for Kevadia. This statue was visible from 5 kilometers away.
Situated in Kevadia district of Gujarat, this place is a unique confluence of nature and concrete. This statue is located on an island called Sadhu Bet in the waters of Narmada River. Here the extremely pleasing view of the Satpura and Vindhyachal ranges will surprise you. The Narmada water around the statue offers a peaceful and enchanting view and makes us swell.
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Places to visit around the statue of unity
When you come here to see the statue of this newly-famous unity, then also observe them-
This unity wall has been built near the statue of unity, which is a symbol of national unity. For the construction of this 50 feet x 15 feet size mural, 1,79,06 villagers from India donated the soil as part of the Loha Abhiyan. That is, the soil of entire India has been used in this one wall. Therefore, it can be said that the whole of India was united in this one mural, in the same way as Sardar Patel united the whole of India after independence.
A large and advanced museum has been established within the base pedestal of the statue. In this museum, the relentless hard work, struggle and sacrifice of Sardar Patel are depicted through photographs and sketches. A 15-minute short film is also shown to throw light on the biography of the Iron Man of India. As soon as you enter the museum, you will see the image of Sardar Patel’s head, which is the image of Sardar’s head in the statue of unity.
Additionally, biographies of tribal tribes of Gujarat, the story of Sardar Sarovar Dam and the construction of the Statue of Unity are presented to the audience through audio-visual displays. The observation of this museum was a wonderful experience for me.
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A lift from the museum takes you to the bust of the statue which is at a height of 135 meters. The panoramic view around here is unforgettable. The experience I gained here myself will be remembered throughout my life. An entrance fee is charged to enjoy the landscape from the Darshan gallery located here and it is valid for a period of 2 hours.
A documentary is published by Laser Prakash on the statue of Sardar Patel which is based on the role and contribution of Sardar Patel in the India independence movement. The time for this performance is from 4 pm to 4 pm.
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Other places of interest nearby
Pushp Valley ie Valley of Flowers
Spread over 14 kilometers and covering an area of more than 230 hectares, this colorful and colorful Pushpaghati has countless species of flowers, which is an area of special attraction for tourists. There is no limit to the enjoyment of those taking their own photographs in Pushp Valley. Here on a board “I’m in the flower valley” It is written that by taking a picture of yourself in front of you, you can place it in the treasury of unforgettable memories of your life and make your travel memory everlasting.
Sardar Sarovar Darshan Point
Near the Pushp Valley is the Sardar Sarovar Dam which is a complete engineering marvel. This dam is considered to be one of the largest concrete gravity dams. The dam is 1.2 kilometers long and is 163 meters high from its deepest base level. This viewpoint provides a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the dam and the surrounding landscape.
There are many vendors of fruits and refreshments at the entry point of Darshan Bindu. Therefore, there is no need to get distracted in the event of hunger. You will definitely get some favorite refreshments.
Apart from these, there are many beautiful tourist attractions nearby where you can go, such as Nagfni Bagh, Butterfly Garden, Jarwani Falls and Jungle Safari. You can get items of apparel and gifts from souvenir shops. There is a food court nearby from where you can get delicious food items at nominal prices.
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Where to stay?
Narmada tambu nagri
It is a very convenient and full of amenities, a tent city that is eagerly waiting for you to make your trip unforgettable. Staying in these tents will prove to be a new and wonderful experience for tourists as compared to traditional guest houses and hotels.
Best Bharat Bhavan
It is an extravagant rest house situated near the Sardar statue. This hotel will provide you all the means of amenities. From here one gets a very beautiful view of the Narmada River and the statue of Sardar Patel.
Sardar Sarovar Resort
It is an excellent resort where you will have facilities like a swimming pool and spa along with a comfortable stay.
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Entry Fee Details
When I visited Kevadiya, the entrance fee for observing the statue of unity was Rs 150 for adults and Rs 90 for children aged 3 to 15 years. The entry fee, including the observation gallery, was Rs 360 for adults and Rs 230 for children.
Both types of fees include trips to the Pushp Valley and Sardar Sarovar Dam Darshan Point by bus. You can purchase your pre-planned tickets through this website.
- The time period of the statue of unity is from 6 am to 4 pm.
- The audio-visual performance is from 4 pm to 4 pm.
- Come here early in the day to see the statue, otherwise a large crowd of tourists gathers. Similarly, avoid coming here on weekends as much as possible.
- The site remains closed for tourists on every Monday.
- It is prohibited to carry any kind of food items within the statue. Before entering, you have to deposit your goods in the deposit-window.
- The best time to see the statue of unity is between the months of November to the month of February when the climate here is very pleasant.
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How to reach
Kevadia is well connected to all major cities of Gujarat by road. It is located 100 km from Vadodara, 150 km from Surat and 200 km from Ahmedabad. The nearest airport is Vadodara Airport which is 90 kilometers away. The nearest railway station is also Vadodara railway station. You can also reach here from Vadodara by Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation bus or taxi.
For more information, please contact this official website.
You must visit this unique and unique tourist destination of India. A visit to this place will fill your heart and soul with a feeling of patriotism and pride.
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Translation: Madhumita Tamhane