Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils 108ft tall statue of Lord Hanuman in Gujarat’s Morbi

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It is the second of four statues erected in the four directions across the country, as part of the Hanumanji Char Dham project.

It is the second of four statues erected in the four directions across the country, as part of the Hanumanji Char Dham project.

India cannot afford to remain stagnant at this stage and it must become self-sufficient, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday while urging people to buy only locally made products.

He said if people use local products for the next 25 years, the country will not have to face the problem of unemployment.

Mr Modi was speaking after unveiling a 108ft tall statue of Lord Hanuman in Gujarat’s Morbi via video link on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti.

“India cannot afford to remain stagnant today. Whether we are awake or asleep, we cannot continue to remain where we are. The global situation is such that the whole world is thinking how to become ‘aatmanirbhar’ (autonomous)”. said Mr. Modi.

“I would ask the saints around the country to teach people to buy only local products. ‘Vocal for local’ is in vogue. At home, we should only use things made by our people. Imagine the high number of people who get a job because of it,” he said.

“We may like foreign-made products, but these things don’t have the feel of our people’s hard work, the smell of our Mother Earth,” Modi said, adding, “Over the past 25 next few years, if we just use locally produced products, there will be no unemployment for our people.”

The Prime Minister inaugurated the statue of Lord Hanuman at the Ashram of ‘Param Pujya Keshvanand ji’ in Morbi in the Saurashtra region. It is the second of four statues erected in the four directions across the country, as part of the Hanumanji Char Dham project.

The first statue in the series was erected in the north at Shimla in 2010, and work on the statue in the south at Rameswaram has also begun.

Calling Lord Hanuman an inspiration to all and the one who ensured the right to respect for all species and tribes living in the forest, Modi said it was an important thread running through “Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat” .

He said that the spirit of Ram Katha – the story of Lord Ram, of which Lord Hanuman is an integral part, unites everyone through devotion to God. “It is the strength of Indian faith, our spirituality, our culture, our tradition,” he said.

Mr. Modi said the same spirit connected people from different sections of pre-independent India and helped the country resolve to achieve independence.

India’s faith and culture emerge from harmony, equanimity and inclusiveness, he said, adding that Lord Ram set the example of “Sabka saath, sabka vishwas” ( together, with each other’s confidence) taking all together to do a job, though he is competent to do it all on his own.

Mr Modi also recalled his past connection with Khokhra Hanuman Dham, where the statue appeared, and said it was an inspiration to him.

Recalling the 1979 Machhu Dam disaster in the region, he said the lessons learned from that calamity helped him cope with the 2001 earthquake in Bhuj.

Morbi has also benefited from the development of tourism in Kutch, he said, while mentioning other tourist attractions, such as the Girnar cable car, which he said helped people reach the temple at the top. from a hill.

“India’s innate strength is such that tourism can be developed without overdoing it,” he said, while emphasizing the need to keep pilgrimage sites clean in order to entice people to make same.

The country’s spiritual leaders gave new strength to India’s independence by creating a spiritual awakening among the people before 1857 when India’s independence struggle began, Modi said.

“The sense of selfless service and devotion taught by Hanumanji will make India strong,” he added.

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