Brandon Holveck - Delaware Online
Hockessin is now home to the country's tallest statue of the Hindu God Hanuman.
Hundreds celebrated the arrival of the 25-foot granite statue Saturday morning at the Hindu Temple on Yorklyn Road in Hockessin. Donning bright orange hats and shirts that read, "The Hanuman Project," the temple's devotees organized a convoy accompanying the statue across the Delaware Memorial Bridge and to the temple.
Once a flat-bed truck backed the 60,000-pound statue in front of the temple's entrance, a ceremony to welcome the Hanuman was held. Thumping drums, chants and songs filled the block.
"Across India, Lord Hanuman is often enshrined and worshiped in the form of a towering statue and we are proud to bring that tradition to Delaware," said Patibanda Sarma, president of the Hindu Temple Association. "The arrival of this 25-feet-tall Hanuman is a special event in the temple's history."
The statue will be installed in May and will be the tallest statue of a Hindu God carved out of a single piece of stone in the U.S., organizers said. Sculptors in India spent roughly a year carving the statue. Efforts to raise money and organize transportation of the statue began well before that, organizers said.
The Hindu Temple Association broke land on the Hockessin temple in 1996 on almost five acres of land purchased with the donations of about 60 families. The main deity is Goddess MahaLakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Hanuman is celebrated as a God of strength and knowledge.