Ayodhya Railway Station Gets 15-Ft Tall Metallic Squirrel; Netizens Say, “Smallest Contribution Means A Lot”

Ayodhya Railway Station has a 15-ft tall metallic squirrel and there's a special reason behind it.

by Sanjana Shenoy
Ayodhya Railway Station Gets 15-Ft Tall Metallic Squirrel; Netizens Say, “Smallest Contribution Means A Lot”

Ahead of the Ram Mandir’s Pran Prathishta ceremony, commuters travelling to and from the Ayodhya Dham Railway Station can’t get enough of the stunning 15-foot high metallic squirrel installed at the station. Read on to know why this unique squirrel installation has captured the hands of devotees and travellers.

Netizen Shares A Pic Of Giant Squirrel Installed At Ayodhya Dham Railway Station

An X user, Chandrashekhar Dhage posted a picture of the 15-foot-tall metallic squirrel sculpture standing majestically at the Ayodhya Dham Railway Station. In the caption, Chandrashekhar Dhage mentions that the installation of the corten squirrel sculpture at the Ayodhya Dham Railway Station signifies that even the smallest contributions have a lot of meaning in the path to righteousness. Furthermore, he adds in the post that it feels like a competition of civilizational quest. 
The squirrel is a reminder of the small contributions one makes for the larger good. When the Vanara Saina (Army of Monkeys) were building the Ram Setu (bridge to Lanka) tiny squirrels helped carry small stones. Lord Rama, pleased with their service thanked them profusely and blessed them by stroking their backs. To date, many squirrels in South India have black stripes on them.

Made Of Corten Steel, This Sculpture Is An Ode To Small Contributions Made With Big Hearts

Keeping this story in mind, Bengaluru-based artist Kalyan S Rathore sculpted a mega squirrel statue using corten steel. This is an allow of copper and steel which has a rusted look. The artist stated to TNIE that this statue over time will have a mature and aged look. This squirrel statue is 15 feet in height, 11 feet in width and 8 feet in length. Kalyan S Rathore created a traditional sculpture with a contemporary look. The sculpture is an ode to squirrels and their contribution in building the Ram Setu.
Netizens shared their reactions to Chandrashekhar Dhage’s picture. @Haddock2345 commented that the squirrel sculpture has no stripes on its back and it misses the whole point of epic, Ramayana. @kanhakibhakt comments that squirrels are called Ram Pyaari for this reason.

@AbhijeetPatki hopes the corten steel doesn’t lose its colour over time.

@amatsys hopes the authorities maintain the sculpture and the Railway Station well. He also adds that Ayodhya will flourish if they maintain the space with world-class cleanliness as well. 

Have you visited the Ayodhya Railway Station yet and seen the squirrel sculpture?
Cover Image Courtesy: @cbdhage/ X and Wikipedia

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