A statue of Arjuna in Jaipur is installed near the SMS Stadium on Tonk Road. The Statue ofArjuna was unveiled in line with the Arjuna award given by the Government of India to sportspersons, in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of sports.
Arjuna was one of the five Pandava brothers from the epic Mahabharata. He plays a decisive role in Mahabharata. Bhagwat Gita mentions him along with Lord Krishna. He is considered as best Archer ever!!
Another view of Arjuna Statue
Located on Tonk Road, at the entrance gate of SMS stadium, it aims to encourage sportspersons. The location couldn’t have been better, for its located right at the entrance of a sports complex.
The statue is 55 feet high made up of Ashtadhaatu – comprising eight metals. It weighs 7 tonnes & is placed on a pedestal. The cost of the statue is estimated to be Rs 2.75 Crore/ Rs 27.5 Million. The statue was made by Mr. Rajkumar Sharma, an artist.
The entire area has been beautifully landscaped and includes a cobbled stone path. Here are a few pictures.
Pink sandstone has been extensively used in this project along with black granite, at the base of the statue. This sandstone is typical to Karauli and Dholpur regions of Rajasthan. It is quite popular & used extensively in buildings in Jaipur.
There are plans to list all 44 Arjuna award winners from the state in an area specially designated around the statue. Here is a picture of this area.
On the pillars installed in the above picture, there are smaller statues depicting various sports. As of now, only a few statues have been installed. A large number of pillars are devoid of these small statues.
Arjuna statue near SMS Stadium, Jaipur
A close up of a few statues
Although the statue was unveiled in hurry, in November 2015 due to approaching Resurgent Rajasthan conclave, the project is yet to be completed, fully. Some smaller statues are yet to be installed along with names of Arjuna award winners. It is claimed that this project was conceived 7-8 years ago, but the change of Government caused the delays. It’s not really a tourist site but such installation surely adds to the beauty of the city and also acknowledge the achievements of deserving sportspersons.