People make promises of love “till death do them apart.” But how many couples do we hear of that are ready to transcend their love even beyond that last checkpoint of death? Srinivas Murthy has shown us that it’s possible. A businessman from Karnataka, 57-year old Murthy lost his wife in an accident three years ago. Recently, on August 8, Murthy hosted a housewarming ceremony on the occasion of shifting into a new house. This was a milestone he didn’t want to achieve without his wife by his side. So Murthy installed a life-size statue of his wife, Madhavi, in his living room.

Dressed in a pink and gold saree, the silicone statue of Madhavi has left netizens dumbfounded for its life-like features complete with wrinkles and joints. Murthy said that even guests who attended the ceremony were left “so surprised” to see Madhavi in the living room, The News Minute reported. “I wanted to do something special in memory of my wife,” Murthy explained.

Here is the original tweet featuring Madhavi’s statue that went viral:

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Srinivas Murthy On How He Got The Statue Made

Madhavi had died in a car accident in 2017 along a highway in Kolar district in Karnataka, while her two daughters escaped with minor injuries, TNM reported. Murthy wanted to fulfil his wife’s dream of owning a bungalow by doing something special as a tribute to her. He reportedly approached “over 25 architects” for ideas, but none appealed to him.

Finally, Murthy got in touch with an architect named Mahesh Rangannadavaru, who suggested that a statue of Madhavi be installed inside the new bungalow. He was directed to Gombe Mane, a toymaking business in Bengaluru, who undertook the project of re-creating Madhavi. “I gave them several pictures of my wife. She looks so real… The statue is a way to reinforce that she is still here,” Murthy said.

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Life-Like Statue Leaves Social Media Amazed

Social media users could not stop gushing over the statue and how real it looked in the viral photos, putting it at par with wax figures at the world-renowned Madame Tussauds museums. One user wrote, “What an amazing originality. Whoever made this did a far better job than tussauds,” while another wrote, “Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Hard to tell it’s a statue though!”

Murthy, on the other hand, was also showered with praises for his unending love for Madhavi. Another user wrote, “That Man is feeling from inside the pain when his wife is no more but just for his happiness, a wax statue was made like that to show that she’s there with him & her family. Really Touching.”

Views expressed are the author’s own. 

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