The Statue of Unity: Dedicated to Sardar Patel
|The Statue of Unity:
Dedicated to Sardar Patel
The Honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, unveiled the Statue of Unity, a monument dedicated to Indian Independence Movement leader Vallabhbhai Patel on his birthday, October 31, 2018.
Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as Sardar Patel, was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. Patel was an Indian barrister and statesman, senior leader of the Indian National Congress, and founding father of the Republic of India who played a leading role in the country’s struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation. In India and elsewhere, he was often called Sardar, Chief in Hindi. He acted as de facto Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army during the political integration of India and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947.
The Statue of Unity is located in the Indian state of Gujarat, about 90 miles from Nadiad where Sardar Patel was born October 31, 1875. The monument, along with its surroundings, occupies over 215 thousand square feet and is surrounded by a five square mile man made lake. It is the world’s tallest statue with a height of 597 feet. Construction on the statue began October 31, 2013 and completed in mid-October 2018.
Here are some interesting features of the Statue of Unity, also known as Sardar Patel Statue.
Interesting facts about the Statue of Unity