A 30ft bronze statue of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari will be installed in Bangalore


For the first time in Karnataka’s history, a 30-foot bronze statue of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari, considered the reigning deity of Kannada identity, will be installed by the Karnataka government in Bengaluru.

It is the first time that the mammoth statue dedicated to the goddess has been installed under the aegis of the state government.

The statue project was approved by Kannada and Minister of Culture V Sunil Kumar.

The project whose cost is estimated 2 Crore, is situated on a half acre plot at Kalagrama on the Jnanabharathi campus in Bengaluru.

The statue will stand atop a 10ft tall platform which will be installed by Karnataka Shilpakala Academy.

Its design will be in accordance with expert advice and will bear elements illustrating the cultural glory of the state.

According to Kannada and Culture Minister V Sunil Kumar, the statue of Kannada Taayi (Kannada mother) Bhuvaneshwari has so far not been installed anywhere by the government. So the government made that decision. Officials have been instructed to complete construction work on the statue within three months, the minister added.

Kumar further stated that there are idols and memorial statues dedicated to several personalities and social reformers in the state, but no government has so far built a statue for the goddess of Kannada.

The statue project will be launched by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in November, the first day of which is celebrated as ‘Kannada Rajyotsava’ (state formation day).

The minister held a meeting of department officials on Monday and ordered the officials to get the statue and its site should be prepared by Sankranthi next time (January).

The state government plans to promote the Kalagrama as a tourist destination once the statue is erected at the site.

Kumar asked officials to come up with daily programs that can be held at Kalagrama Auditorium.

The move by the Karnataka government is seen as an attempt by the ruling BJP to project its pro-Kannada identity image, ahead of assembly elections scheduled for next year.

Notably, a 108ft statue of the founder of Bengaluru, Kempegowda, is also being installed by the state government. Kempegowda was a 16th century chieftain under the Vijayanagara Empire. The statue, which is expected to be ready this year, is located on a 23-acre space near Kempegowda International Airport in Devanahalli.

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