Many people search for tranquil sites with beautiful natural surroundings where they can sit peacefully. In every Indian state, there are many such sightseeing destinations but Tamil Nadu is quite special in its own way. Whether it’s hill stations like Kodaikanal and Ooty or Rameshwaram where you can attain harmony and spirituality or Kanchipuram which is known as The Golden City of Thousand Temples. Tamil Nadu is loaded with a natural panorama with an essence of devotion and the perfect example of this combination is the Adiyogi Shiva statue located in Coimbatore.
The feeling of visiting this mesmerising location which is full of peace and spirituality is amazing. Let’s know more about the statue of the Adiyogi Shiva Statue.
Adiyogi Shiva Statue
This tallest statue of Adiyogi Shiva at the Isha Yoga Foundation is recognised as one of its kind in The Guinness Book of World Records. It is dedicated to the famous Hindu lord Shiva, constructed with 500 tons of steel, and is surrounded by lush green forests at the foot of the mount Velliangiri in western Ghats.
Adiyogi is the 112-foot statue that Premier Narendra Modi and Sadhguru have inaugurated. It is located on the outskirts of the mountains of Velliagiri and belongs in the Isha Yoga centre. Sadhguru also dedicated a Yogeshwara linga in front of the statue in a mandapam.
Structural Brief of Adiyoga Shiva Statue
Lord Shiva’s most epic sculpture is 34.3 meters high excluding the plinth, 45 meters long and 7.62 meters wide. Designed by the founder of the Isha Foundation- Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, it was inaugurated on 24 February 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after completion. This statue is called “Adiyoga,” which stands for “the first yogi,” because Lord Shiva is known to be the originator of yoga. This statue is the inspiring element for promoting yoga.
The structural depiction was intended to represent Moksha-a theme in yogic culture. But despite the obvious connotations to Hinduism religion, the place is considered a non-religious spot and the image is just like an iconic inspiration.
Things to do at Isha Yoga Center
1) This statue is constructed near Isha Yoga Centre, Isha Foundation headquarters. There, you can pay a visit and take a bath in Suraj Kund’s holy water. Take a traditional cart trip to the Yoga Center by Bullock.
2) Dhyanalinga and Linga Bhairavi temples are beautiful in the Yoga Centre. Pay a visit to the temple to meditate inside a 33 ft high dome on 4 m high Lingam.
3) In the pond on the way to the temple, you can enjoy the view of many beautiful Lotuses.
Activities Organised Near Statue
People of all races and religions are invited and encouraged to take part in the many cultural activities and games organised under the shadow of the mammoth statue. There is an Adiyogi foundation that frequently organises several talks, cultural programmes, discourses, dinners and outdoor games. At the base of the sculpture is a shrine that can be used to meditate and chant. The spot is hustling with tourists and locals alike and you can see people meditating or taking selfies with the huge figure of Lord Shiva.
Modes of Reaching
Adiyogi Statue is situated in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, about 30 Km away. Air, rail and road connections are well connected in Coimbatore, a major industrial centre in southern India. Daily flights from Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru are operated by major airlines in Coimbatore. Train services are provided from all major Indian cities.
The Coimbatore and Adiyogi statue have direct busses. Taxis can be booked from both the airport and the train station.
Tip: Gadgets such as cell phones and cameras can not be taken in. There’s a free rooms service to keep your things secure.
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