The bust of Lord Shiva has been installed in the foothills of Velliangiri mountains in the Western Ghats. The statue was constructed by The Isha Foundation, which is also located in the same area and they plan to set up similar statues in other parts of the country.
On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, Friday, February 24, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 112-foot-tall Lord Shiva statue in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Raving about the ancient Indian discipline of yoga, PM Modi called for efforts to protect nature and sync human activities with the ecological surroundings.
It took two and half years to design the 112-foot-statue; however, the construction only took eight months. An official states that the estimated weight of the statue is around 500 tonnes.
Let's get a glimpse of the 10 tallest statues in India:
Location - Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh
Year of construction - 2003
Height - 135 feet
Material - Concrete
The statue is located at Paritala village on NH-9 around 30km from Vijaywada.
Location - Rewalsar Lake, Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh
Year of construction - 2012
Height - 123 feet
Legend says that a Buddhist monk, Lama Wangdor, decided to construct the statue with the help of the followers of Padmasambhava. It took three years to build the statue.
Location - Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Year of inauguration - 2000
Height - 133 feet
Sculptor Dr V Ganapati Sthapati has built this giant statue of legendary Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, who wrote Tirukkural, the Tamil Sangam classic. Each foot of the 133-feet tall statue is dedicated to each of the 133 chapters in Tirukkural. The statue was hit by Tsunami in 2004.
Location - Murudeshwara, Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka
Year of construction - 1979
Height - 123 feet
The statue was built by Shivamogga's Kashinath and his fellow sculptors under the patronage of renowned philansthropist and civil construction legend R N Shetty. The statue stands beside the recently built Raja Gopura temple that is over 230 feet tall.
Location - Jakhoo Hill, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Year of inauguration - 2010
Height - 108 feet
The huge statue of Hanuman is the new tourist attraction and new landmark of the famous hill station. It cost over 1.9 crore to build the statue.
Location - Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Year of construction - 1965
Height - 107 feet
The Sakyamani Buddha statue, dedicated to the Dalai Lama, is situated inside the complex of Mindrolling Monastery near Rajaji National Park in Dehradun. The Mindrolling Monastery is one of the largest in India and it was set up by Khochhen Rinpoche and a small group of Tibetan monks.
Location - Nandura, Buldhana district, Maharashtra
Height - 105 feet
Commuters on NH6, who have passed by Nandura near Akola, must have noticed the tall Hanuman statue. It is the second tallest Hanuman statue in India.
Location - Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Height - over 100 feet
Ganges River flows by the Shiva statue. The pilgrim town of Haridwar has associated its identity with the statue as it is the most famous landmark there.
Location - Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Year of construction - 2001
Height - 85 feet
India's tallest Ganesha statue is situated in Kolhapur. The statue can be seen from the Pune-Bangalore stretch of NH-4.
Location - Barwani, Madhya Pradesh
Time of construction - Early 12th century
Height - 84 feet
Lord Adinath is the first Tirthankar in Jain religion. This 84-feet tall statue of him is a famous Jain pilgrim spot. Bawangaja is a part of the Satpura range. No other statue this tall has been in India for so long. Besides, the green mountains in the background makes the statue one of the most beautiful sites in India