HJV TAKES OUT RALLY AGAINST PROPOSED JESUS STATUE
Context: The Hindu Jagarana Vedike (HJV) on 14th January launched a campaign to prevent what it called “Christianization” of Kapalabetta, where a 114-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ is proposed to be installed.
Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar in December, 2019 had laid down the foundation stone for installing a mega statue of Jesus Christ in his Assembly constituency of Kanakapura.
THE PROPOSED STATUE
- The proposed granite statue will stand 114 feet tall, just short of Brazil’s iconic Christ the Redeemer, which, at 124 feet, has defined the Rio skyline since 1931.
- It is expected to come up atop a hillock named Kapalabetta in Harobele, a village of 3,500 where Christians form a majority.
- Harobele is situated 65 kilometres from Bengaluru. The proposed statue will be 114 feet tall, the height including a 13-foot pedestal.
- Kapalabetta is also known as Ganghasale Kadu locally, and has a recorded history of being a Christian site since at least 1906.
- Records available with local churches show that villagers have climbed Kapalabetta since 1906 to offer special prayers.
- The word Kapala is a derivative of Calvary [near] Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified.
- Locals believe that the cross on top of the hill represents that day.