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» 10/05/2012
INDIA
The tallest statue of Jesus in India unveiled
It measures 10 metres, weighs three tons and is located in a Christian Syro-Malankara college of Trivandrum, Kerala. Made of fiber, wax and resin, and covered with white marble, the figure has eyes that glow in the dark. The statue is in memory of a former student at the university, who died in a car accident.

Trivandrum (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At 10 meters, it is the tallest statue of Jesus ever made in India, and to see it you just have to visit Trivandrum (Kerala). The barefoot monument thus tops the charts beating a similar statue in Bangalore (Karnataka), "only" 9 meters high. Portrayed with outstretched arms, the statue of Christ rises over the Baselios College of Engineeering and Technology,, a leading Syro-Malankara Christian university. Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, major archbishop of the community, presided over the unveiling ceremony on October 1 last.

Premachandran, the sculptor, carried out the work with a mixture of fibers, wax and resin, then covered it with white marble. The eyes of the statue glow in the dark, thanks to a special radio based color (a glow in the dark chemical element). It weighs three tons

As many as 35 people worked on it to complete it last month. Costing 1.5 million rupees (about 22,300 euro), the statue - which weighs three tons - was offered in memory of Midhun Markos, a former student of the college who died in a car accident, at the request of the parents.

 


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