A 35-feet high statue of Lord Hanuman was installed in Saifai, the hometown of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, amid chants of Vedic hymns on Tuesday.
The statue was placed on a 20-foot high platform on the Saifai Mahotsav campus with the help of large cranes and can be seen from any direction in the town. Made of brass, the statue was made by Padma Shri winner Arjun Singh Prajapati and his son Mukesh Prajapati in Jaipur.
Badaun MP Dharmendra is the chairperson of the Saifai Mahotsav organising committee and Tej Pratap, an MP from Mainpuri, is the convener. The committee claimed the statue is the tallest in the state.
Dharmendra, Tej Pratap and Anshul, chairman of the Etawah zila panchayat, offered prayers and opened the bhandara for people who were given prasad throughout the day.
A temporary statue of Hanuman was erected every year before the start of Saifai Mahotsav, the annual cultural extravaganza known for performances of leading Bollywood stars. It was immersed in the river after the culmination of the event.
The committee decided to place a permanent statue last year and asked Prajapati to make one and it was delivered on February 11 this year.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was expected to attend the special prayers, could not make it.