The tallest Shiva statue measuring 112-ft high was unveiled on the occasion of Mahashivratri, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in Coimbatore.
The statue built by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Foundation is in the form of Adiyogi, who is considered the first of yogis. Isha Foundation denied allegations and said the stature in the form of Shiva’s face looking at the sky “symbolises liberation, representing the 112 ways in which one can attain the ultimate through the science of yoga.”
“For the first time in the history of humanity, Adiyogi introduced the idea that the simple laws of nature are not permanent restrictions. If one is willing to strive, one can go beyond all limitations and attain liberation, moving humanity from assumed stagnation to conscious evolution,” it said in a statement.
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said, “As philosophies, ideology, belief systems that don’t stand the test of logic and the scientific verification will naturally collapse in coming decades, you will see the longing for liberation will rise. When that longing rises, Adiyogi and the science of Yoga will become very important.” He said three more such Adiyogi statues will be built in Maharashtra, West Bengal and one more in the north.
Built on the Velliangiri Hills by Isha Foundation in an area of 3.26 acre at Ikkarai Poluvampatti village and another three acre of benami land in the village, which protesters said was under the ambit of Hill Area Conservation Authority (HACA).