Adiyogi Shiva Statue: The World’s Largest Bust Carving



Over 15,000 years ago, predating all religions, Adiyogi, the first Yogi, transmitted the science of Yoga to his seven disciples. He described 112 ways through which human beings can transcend their limitations and reach their ultimate potential. His fundamental message is that “it is the only way out” for human wellbeing and liberation.

On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled  112 ft Shiva statue ‘Adiyogi’ in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He unveiled 112 ft statue of ‘Adiyogi’ at Isha Foundation, about 25 km from Coimbatore on Maha Shivratri, on Friday,24 Feb 2017. The face of Adiyogi is set up by the Isha Foundation led by spiritual guru Jaggi Vasudev also know as Sadh guru. The 112 ft tall sculpture of Adiyogi has been recognized as the World's Largest Bust Carving. The face of Adiyogi which is 112 feet high, represents the 112 ways he offered for one to attain wellbeing and one's Ultimate nature. the 112 height of the statue also symbolizes the 112 chakras, the focal point of the body which are used in the meditation. The face of Adiyogi is an iconic presence to orient the world towards their liberation. Adiyogi is a reminder for humanity to turn from religion to liability. This grand statue is set in the backdrop of grassy dense greenery and the Velliangiri hills, which further makes it an intriguing place to visit. over the past years, it has attracted inquisitive visitants from all around the globe. Despite the obvious connotations to Hinduism religion, the place is considered a non-religious spot and the image is just like an iconic inspiration. People of all sects and religions are welcomed and are also elated to take part in the multiple events that take place here.  The Isha foundation frequently organizes several talks, cultural programs, discourses, dinners, and outdoor games. The most magnificent event honored here is Mahashivratri. The seven-day Yaksha festival of music and dance culminated in the all-night Mahashivratri celebration. Lasting staggering 12 hours with full devotion and enthusiasm.

At the base of the sculpture is a shrine that can be used to meditate and chant. A linga called "Yogeshwar Linga" was consecrated and is placed in front of the statue. The Indian Ministry of Tourism has included the statue in its official Incredible India campaign. It is also the venue of a light and sound show on Shiva as a yogi, inaugurated by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.

This place of such great religious significance is a must to visit.

By- Anvi Tyagi

 

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