PHOTOS: The tallest statue in the world ready for its inauguration in India

PHOTOS: The tallest statue in the world ready for its inauguration in India

Deep in the west of India, a giant larger than any other in the world is awaiting his imminent entry into the world. The statue of the unit, a 600-foot monument to a founding father of independent India, is due to be inaugurated on Wednesday.

Presumably, that will just leave enough time to cope with the scrolling everything from the photo below.

Indian workers give the world's largest statue the finishing touches when it is inaugurated on Wednesday. The work commemorates Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a founding father of independent India, and stands about 600 meters high overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam near Vadodara.

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Indian workers give the world's largest statue the finishing touches when it is inaugurated on Wednesday. The work commemorates Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a founding father of independent India, and stands about 600 meters high overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam near Vadodara.

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The statue depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who along with Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru helped lead India from the United Kingdom to independence. Often known as the Iron Man of India, he served as First Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister of the Independent State Helping to unite his hundreds of different states into a coherent, functioning unit before he died in 1950.

Not only will the late Indian leader enjoy a high reputation, but also a literally towering monument in the region from which he originates, from the western state of Gujarat. The unit's $ 400 million statue overlooks the Sardar Sarovar Dam near the city of Vadodara.

To give you a glimpse of size, it would require about four statues of liberty, each one of which was the last one, just so Lady Liberty could reach the crown of the Iron Man's head with her torch.

And as for his toes – well, his big toe alone is slightly larger than the construction workers who put the finishing touches to the statue.

Put things in a small perspective: Do you see those orange patches that are smaller than the big toe of the statue? These are Indian construction workers in orange vests and protective helmets.

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Put things in a small perspective: Do you see those orange patches that are smaller than the big toe of the statue? These are Indian construction workers in orange vests and protective helmets.

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It graces its nearest competition, the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China. This copper monster stands on a 66-foot pedestal containing a monastery, 420 feet high.

The Henan Buddha will give up the title of the tallest statue in the world when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally inaugurates the statue of unity on Wednesday. Modi, also a native of Gujarat, plans to perform a special prayer at the feet of the statue and deliver a speech in surrender before an air force flies past.

The colossus was not undisputed.

The statue of the unit, which was only two months ago in a scaffold.

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The statue of the unit, which was only two months ago in a scaffold.

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According to Indian TV station NDTV, local tribal leaders have announced a boycott of the inauguration ceremony, citing the destruction of natural resources nearby.

"These forests, rivers, waterfalls, land and agriculture have supported us for generations and we have survived them," they said in an open letter cited by the broadcaster. "But now everything is being destroyed and celebrations are planned, do not you think it's like celebrating someone's death, we feel that way?"

They also claimed that the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the statue could be better utilized elsewhere, including the unreliable channel system nearby.

"This is done for political benefits, as tribal groups in Gujarat still suffer and have no basic human needs," said a local leader.

The statue of the unit, seen earlier this month by a group of construction machinery.

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The statue of the unit, seen earlier this month by a group of construction machinery.

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Such objections have done little to dampen Modi's enthusiasm.

"Every Indian will be proud that the tallest statue in the world is now in India, and Sardar Patel, the man associated with the land, will now adorn the sky," he said Sunday. "I'm sure every Indian will be proud to tell the world about this great achievement."

At 600 feet high, the tribute to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel symbols of independence will be much higher than the next largest statue in the world, the Spring Temple Buddha in China.

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At 600 feet high, the tribute to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel symbols of independence will be much higher than the next largest statue in the world, the Spring Temple Buddha in China.

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