Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling laid the foundation stone of the tallest Statue of Lord Parshuram to be constructed at Barang, Lower Tumin in East Sikkim on Thursday.
The entire complex called Parshuram Dham will be built at a cost of Rs 78.04 crore.
“The Statue of Lord Parshuram would be the tallest and biggest statue in India and would open a floodgate of opportunities for the people of the region,” he said.
The CM also hopes that the project would usher in benefits such as increase in the value of land, hotels, cars and other such facilities, open up employment opportunities for the youth and various other avenues like flower shops, eateries, milk and milk products, puja items etc.
The project envisages establishing a state-of-the-art religious complex with a 54 feet high Statue of Lord Parshuram at the centre. The bronze metal statue will be cast in ‘low-wax process’ and placed over a 15 to 16 feet high pedestal. The total height, with the pedestal, would be 70 feet.
There will be hawan kunds on two sides of the pedestal and a multipurpose hall to perform religious rituals. The complex will also have souvenir shop and a food court.
The complex will also have a model display room for display of all the principles of Hindu divine characters. There will be four meditation huts, a premium guest house, two pujari residential quarters and one staff quarter. There will also be two toilet blocks in the compound.
The main entry leading to the Statue of Lord Parshuram is proposed to be named Khanda Parshu Marg where all history of Lord Parshuram will be depicted on the wall. There will be murals and artwork in different areas of the complex.
Gazebo’s or covered sitting huts with a sitting capacity of 15 will be constructed,. There will be a children’s play zone.
Water bodies with sprinkle fountain and foam bubblers have also been proposed for this project. A paved area and public space with 100 weather proof benches is also proposed.
The hard and soft landscaped area comprising of turf grass landscaping with stone pitched planters’ blocks, pergolas and shelter shall be put up to create ample greenery inside the entire complex.
The complex will have parking facility to accommodate around 100 cars.
The project features also include water supply, waste management and fire fighting system. The entire complex will be adequately illuminated with compound illumination system, garden lights, architectural LED lighting etc.
The complex shall be built on 4.652 Acres of Land at a total cost of Rs. 78.04 crore.