A 108-Foot-Long 'The Statue of Prosperity' Was Unveiled By Modi

A 108-Foot-Long 'The Statue of Prosperity' Was Unveiled By Modi

November 15, 2022 - 9:52 am

Statue of Sri Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Was Made By Sculpted by Ram V Sutar

A 108-foot-long bronze statue of Sri Nadaprabhu Kempegowda was unveiled by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in Bengaluru. He also inaugurated Terminal 2 of Bengaluru airport, which is named after the 16th-century figure credited with founding the city. The prime minister presented holy water and floral tributes to the statue. He also inserted a young tree.


What is ‘The Statue of Prosperity’?

With 98 tonnes of bronze and more than 120 tonnes of steel, a 108-foot-tall bronze statue honouring Nadaprabhu Kempegowda has been constructed. Sculpted by Ram V Sutar, this statue has become a recognisable addition to the Bengaluru International Airport. Ram V Sutar is best known for being the inspiration behind Gujarat's historic Statue of Unity. PM Modi referred to this statue of Kempegowda as the Statue of Prosperity in his official account. "The Statue of Prosperity" was built to recognise the efforts of Bengaluru's founder, Nadaprabhu Kempegowda. The Statue of Prosperity in Bengaluru is currently the first and tallest bronze statue of a city founder, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The 23-acre cultural park where Kempegowda's bronze statue is located is close to Bengaluru International Airport. The staggering sum of 84 crores has been used to build this landmark.


Who is Chieftain Nadaprabhu  Hiriya Kempe Gowda?

Chieftain Nadaprabhu Hiriya Kempe Gowda (1510 - 1569) is also known as Kempe Gowda under the Vijayanagara Empire,  and is widely acknowledged as the founder of Bengaluru. Sri Nadaprabhu Kempegowda had a unique role in the creation of Bengaluru. He is recognised as a visionary who always prioritised the needs of others. It is reported that he was out hunting with his minister when he had the concept for a new city. He then designated the territory of the new city by building towers in each of its four corners. Kempe Gowda built Bengaluru, the nation's capital and the state of Karnataka, in 1537. The bases of Bengaluru, Bengaluru Fort and Bengaluru Pete, were successfully planned and constructed by him. He is renowned for his contributions to Bengaluru's construction of temples and water reservoirs as well as for his social reforms. One of his social reforms was to outlaw the important Morasu Vokkaliga tradition of amputating the last two fingers of the left hand of unmarried women during "Bandi Devaru." He supported education and the arts. He is also credited with creating about 1,000 lakes in the city to meet the city's agricultural and drinking demands. Today, Bengaluru's international airport, bus terminal, main metro station, and a significant thoroughfare in the old city are all named in honour of Kempegowda.

 Vokkaliga community

The dominant agricultural Vokkaliga community included Kempegowda. He is a legendary figure among the Vokkaligas, the second most powerful community in Karnataka after the Lingayats. The project was advanced by Chief Minister Bommai after the statue was first unveiled in September 2019 by the then-Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. A day following a sizable demonstration by Vokkaligas in Bengaluru over the alleged targeting of community members by federal agencies, the statue's design was unveiled. As part of its political push into the former Mysuru region, the BJP at the time sought to recruit Vokkaliga leaders from southern Karnataka. Karnataka is scheduled to hold assembly elections in around six months. In the 224-member Assembly, the BJP has never secured a clear majority of more than 113 seats due to its difficulty in winning over the Vokkaliga community, which has historically voted for the Congress and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda's JD(S).