A 216-foot-tall celebration of Ramanuja

As planes land and take off from Shamshabad Airport in Hyderabad, window seat passengers get a glimpse of a giant bronze figure holding a flagstaff. Travelers on Kollapadakal Road also see it from miles away.

What they are looking at is set to become the world’s second tallest statue of a seated figure, at 216 feet. And it is a tribute to Bhakti saint Ramanujacharya.

Currently, the Great Buddha of Thailand is the tallest statue, at 302-feet. Once the Ramanujacharya statue is unveiled, it will become the second tallest, a distinction now held by the Guanyin figure on Mount Xiqiao in China’s Guangdong region, at 203 feet.

He was a Hindu theologian, philosopher, and one of the most important exponents of the Sri Vaishnavism tradition within Hinduism.

His philosophical foundations for devotionalism were influential to the Bhakti movement.

He is famous as the chief proponent of Vishishtadvaita subschool of Vedānta.

He wrote influential texts, such as bhāsya on the Brahma Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, all in Sanskrit.

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