A 52-feet murti (statue) of Lord Hanuman costing over $5 million has been established on Essequibo River island of Leguan in Guyana in South America, according to reports.
Said to be largest in the country, this murti, which took about two years for completion, is now described as a Guyana landmark. Guyana Minister of Social Cohesion Amna Ally, who spoke on the occasion of unveiling the murti at the Rama Krishna Blenheim/Leguan Mandir, reportedly said: “The murti contains the living presence of the deity”. Annette Ferguson, Minister within the Guyana Ministry of Public Infrastructure, also attended and Pandit Sunil Sharma also spoke. Voluntary sculptor was Jainarine Prahalla.
Meanwhile, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended efforts of temple leaders and volunteers and area community for realizing this remarkable Hanuman murti.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this temple would help in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.
A “3 Sessions Bhagawat Yagna” was also reportedly organized at this Mandir on July 8-10, which included puja and katha, and where bhojan (food) was served 24-hours each day.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents spread worldwide.