Given its gigantism, it would not be out of place to say that monkeys will be omnipresent in this famous tourist destination which already has a large monkey population.
Deemed to be world’s tallest statue at 108 feet at the highest altitude of over 8100 feet and constructed at a cost of Rs 1.5 crores, it surpasses the current tallest statue of ‘Christ the Redeemer’, which measures at 98 feet and stands at an altitude of 2296 feet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The imposing idol, overlooking the stately deodars, was unveiled today by chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Bollywood star Abhishek Bachan and the industrialist Nanda.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said that the Jakhoo temple attracted thousands of visitors every year. Their visit to the city was incomplete without a visit to the temple and paying obeisance to hanuman, he said. “The idol which can be seen from various parts of the city, will not only become a talk of the town, but the world and will play an important role in attracting tourists to Shimla”, he added.
Expressing hope that the idol constructed by Naresh Kumar Verma of Pilani, Rajasthan, would soon find a place in the record books, he said that he and the people of the city were grateful to the Nanda Trust for setting up the statue. The foundation stone of the statue was laid on Hanuman Jayanti which fell on October 26, 2008, with the intention that it would be completed in two years.
Bollywood star Abhishek Bachan said that the construction of the statue was an indication that the Indian craftsmen had not lost their sheen. He added that it was a momentous occasion to be present at the unveiling of the statue constructed at a holy spot. According to Hindu mythology Hanuman is said to have stooped at this spot to ask the way to Drona Giri to know the exact location of the sanjeevini booti that he had set out to get.