UP: Foundation Stone for Maharaja Suheldev Memorial to be laid down

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually lay the foundation stone of the Maharaja Suheldev Memorial on February 16, 2021. Apart from that, the foundation stone for the development work of Chittaura Lake in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh will also be laid down.

Key Facts

  • Chief Minister of UP Yogi Adityanath and Governor Anandiben Patel will also be attending the virtual event.
  • The project comprises of the installation of the equestrian statue of Maharaja Suheldev and development of various tourist amenities including a guest house, cafeteria, and the children’s park.
  • The prime minister will also unveil the programmes of beautification of Shravasti, Chittaura Lake, and Bahraich.
  • The event will also highlight the historical and mythological significance of Bahraich district.

Statue of Maharaja Suheldev

The foundation stone of the Statue of Maharaja Suheldev will also be laid down by the Prime Minister in Bahraich. The foundation stone will be laid down in order to mark the birth anniversary of Suheldev.

Background

A statue of Suheldev was also unveiled earlier in February 2016 by the then BJP Chief time Amit Shah.  He had also launched a book on him. The central government also released a stamp and started a running superfast train in the name of Suheldev.

Who was Suheldev?

He was an Indian king from Shravasti. He is popular because he defeated and killed Ghaznavid general Ghazi Saiyyad Salar Masud. He defeated the Ghaznavid general at Bahraich in 1034 CE. Suheldev also finds mention in the 17th century Mirat-i-Masudi which is a Persian-language historical romance. The Hindi nationalist groups characterize him as a Hindu King who had defeated the Muslim invader.

Bahraich

It is a city and a municipal board in Uttar Pradesh. The city is located on the Saryu River which is a tributary of Ghaghara river. The city share an international border with Nepal.

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