🗿 Plans for a 30ft statue

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The state government is planning to erect a 30-feet bronze statue of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari in Bengaluru soon.

Story so far: The Bommai government said the statue will be erected in the Jnanabharathi Campus and will cost ₹2 crores. Working with a tight schedule, the construction is expected to start in November and end in January of the following year. According to officials, it will be marketed as a tourist attraction.

  • The 30ft statue will be placed on a 10ft long platform that will depict the culture of Karnataka.
  • This will also be the first statue of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari, also known as Kannada Taayi (mother Kannada), that is state-sponsored.

Why it matters: In general, Goddess Bhuvaneshwari is associated with the Kannada identity. Some see this move as the BJP’s attempt to push a pro-Kannada identity right before the 2023 state elections. The elections are scheduled for May 2023.

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