We went there yesterday. It’s the second tallest statue in sitting position. It’s of great Shri Ramanujam who brought equality in learning.
It is near Hyderabad airport , around 30 KN’s from Hitech city. Before reaching there we see two tea centres and though we didn’t stop as we were getting place but they are a good place to have tea. At the main place, there is enough parking and it’s a huge place, beautifully landscaped.
First we have to deposit our cameras , mobiles and foot wear at a counter. It’s free service. Any eatables are also not allowed inside. Plus they advise you to go there wearing Indian dress, though it’s a case at many temples also, not that devotees follow it.
Then we take entry tickets. It’s 200/- adult and they have multiple counters, very convenient even there is crowd.. even baby feeding chambers are there.
Once we clear the scanning they put a stamp on the back side of palm.. and it’s om in Hindi, Sanskrit whatever, it was such a nice feeling to have that and then another surprise.. we can get traditional tika at our forehead.. same thing we do in Kashi, Vrindavan but there u find people on the road doing it.
Around the boundary in a circle they have made 108 Sannidhi or little rooms, with god Vishnu ‘ different mudras and incarnations ,some famous ones too like one in Padamnabha temple in Thiruanantpuram. Here I wished that they had mentioned some details of scene depicted in either Hindi or English, it would have increased our happiness manifold,But even now it’s an experience to have. There they are selling books about it in all languages and after every 27 idols, there are toilets, water and prasadam available.
Then in the centre there are 108 steps reaching to the main statue. Steps are quite broad and comfortable, at the same time for senior citizens and differently ab led people, lift is there and wheel chairs are also there. State is surrounded by fountains and one can see the city from the top like a view point too. Once evening lights come, it’s absolutely beautiful to watch the area lighten up and statue in different colors. There is a light and sound show also.
Now time to pack and leave and it’s dinner time, so we see that after exit food is available with all varieties, it was reasonably good and clean. There is a shop of pears also with beautiful collection of jewellery and one shop for Ayurvedic products.
The way it is maintained , it’s amazing.. very nice and clean and worth an experience.
Thanks for the wonderful description. Will visit there one of these days. Just FYI. Atheist Late Mr. Karunanidhi, before his death, wrote the script on the life of Ramanujar for a Tamil television.
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