The widower surprised guests at a housewarming party by unveiling the statue.

Love knows no bounds, and even after death, the devotion of some couples does not stop. A man in India proved this when he showed friends and family a life-size silicone statue he had made of his late wife. Shrinivas Gupta, 57, lost his beloved wife Madhavi in a tragic car accident three years ago. Gupta built his new house in honor of Madhavi, as it was her dream home.

Gupta reportedly worked with 25 different architects before picking one. That architect suggested he have a statue built to honor Madhavi and have it installed in the home. The home was finished in July and Gupta recently invited friends and family over for a housewarming party to show off his new statue. 

According to News Minute, he says the statue took over a year to complete. It is incredibly life-like and was installed sitting in the home, dressed in a beautiful pink saree and golden jewelry.  Partygoers were incredibly surprised and many thought, if just for a moment, that Madhavi was somehow returned.

“I don’t regret it at all,” Gupta said. “This is the kind of gesture I was looking for. I placed the order about a year ago. I gave them several pictures of my wife. She looks so real. Everyone was so surprised,” he added “They all believed for a few seconds that it could actually be my wife. It was my wife’s dream to construct a bungalow. Now she is not there to live in it. The statue is a way to reinforce that she is still here.”

Gupta explained that the statue is made of silicone, though it has been reported as being wax. In Koppal where he lives, it's extremely hot, and wax needs to be kept cool all the time, so silicone was used instead.  

Pictures and videos of the event and the statue have gone viral:

The love and care with which Gupta had his home built and the image of his wife made is truly heartwarming. Though not something we see every day, it's obvious that Gupta and his wife were truly in love and that he still misses and grieves her.

What do you think about this? Would you want to keep a life-size statue of a loved one in your home? We want to hear all about it in the comments.