Located on the banks of the Vishwamitri River, Vadodara is a city in Gujarat that houses iconic landmarks. Some of them are Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum, Laxmi Vilas Palace and more. One of them is Sursagar Lake, where you will find a tall gold-plated Lord Shiva statue! Here’s everything you need to know about this Vadodara statue.
Gujarat’s Vadodara Has A Gold-Plated Shiva Statue!
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Sursagar Lake, often referred to as the Chand Talao, is a lake that is located in the centre of Vadodara, Gujarat, in India. In the centre of the lake is a statue of Lord Shiva that is 111 feet tall and was constructed by Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan. The statue’s construction began in 1996 and was finished in 2002. The statue of Lord Shiva was gold-plated in 2023 during the festival of Mahashivratri. 17.5 kilograms of gold were used for the gilding.
Lord Shiva’s gold-plated monument has now been formally dedicated to the inhabitants of the city. Gold alone is worth roughly 12 crore Indian Rupees. On Mahashivratri, lamps are placed on the Shiva statue.
Details Of The Statue You Should Know
According to a Times Of India report, the MLA from Manjalpur, Yogesh Patel, launched the Satyam Shivam Sundaram Samiti. The 111-foot-tall statue was built in 1996 and was finished in 2002. A decision was made to plate the statue with gold fifteen years after it had been dedicated to the people, and the Swarna Sankalp Foundation was established as a result.
The gold plating, according to him, was a challenging task. The monument was very tall and was positioned in the middle of the pond, he continued, making it difficult to install the scaffolding itself. For the employees, the strong gusts at a high altitude were challenging.
The statue had to first be chemically cleaned and then zinc-plated before receiving its gold covering. Following copper plating, gold plating was applied to the item. For the work, the organisation got generous donations. 17.5kg of gold was required to plate the figure worth approximately Rs 12 crore.
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