His big toe is about the size of a basketball hoop.
They would have to climb 182 meters or 597 feet into the sky to reach the top of the Statue of Unity, the tallest statue in the world, and pay homage to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, an Indian independence leader who was instrumental in uniting a broken country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Wednesday – the birthday of Mr. Patel, known as National Unity Day – to unveil the mammoth statue that overlooks the green hills and the Narmada River in the western state of Gujarat.
For the perspective: It is almost twice as high as the Statue of Liberty, which reaches 305 feet including the pedestal. Without her pedestal, more than five Lady Libertys would be upside down to reach the head of the statue (or four, if you count the tip of their torch).
It's the equivalent of almost two vertically stacked American football fields without the end zones.
The statue was designed by Ram V. Sutar, 93, one of the most prolific monumental sculptors in history. It opened against the objection of local tribal leaders who were upset by the destruction of land for the project and the $ 400 million prize.
Today's Indian politicians strive to connect with independence leaders.
Mr. Patel was India's first Deputy Prime Minister, working to bring together more than 500 princely states ruled by indigenous monarchs. He negotiated with the various rulers and convinced all but a few to join the newly formed Indian trade union within two years.
The statue received the title of the world's tallest temple from the Spring Temple Buddha in Lushan, China, which reaches a height of 128 meters.
But it will not last long. India is planning the opening of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial in 2021 on a 15 acre lot in the Arabian Sea with a height of 212 meters in the sky or 695 feet.
Alisha Haridasani Gupta contributed to the coverage.