Last Updated: September 10, 2014, 12:08 IST
As Hyderabad bid adieu to Ganpati, it also created a record for immersing the country’s largest idol this year. The 60-feet high Ganesha idol was created within three months, using over two hundred artisans. The organiser of the visarjan, the Khairatabad Ganesha Utsav Committee says it gathered artisans from across villages to complete the task. If you thought this was the tallest idol of a God in India, you’re mistaken!
The largest Indian statue is still under construction in Narasannapeta mandal of Srikakulam district. The proposed height of India’s tallest Hanuman statue is 176 feet and is expected to be completed by the year 2015. Most statues of Hindu gods like Hanuman and Shiva, and a few Buddhist statues in India are as high as 100 feet. These larger than life, towering idols can be found in different cities in India. While Vijayawada boasts of a 135 feet tall Hanuman statue, the Lord Shiva statue in Haridwar stands at a staggering height of 100 feet. Did you know the Padmasambhava statue in Himachal Pradesh is 123 feet high? Here’s a look at the tallest statues in India.
Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami: This colossal Hanuman statue stands at a staggering height of 41 m (135 feet). The Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami is located in the Paritala near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. The Hanuman Swami statue is taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. It was installed in 2003.
Thiruvalluvar Statue: The Thiruvalluvar Statue is a 133 feet (40.6 m) tall stone sculpture of the Tamil poet and philosopher Tiruvalluvar, author of the Thirukkural. The actual height of the statue is 95 feet and it stands in a small island in Kanyakumari. The tall stone sculpture stands at an 11.5 m high pedestal that makes it 133 feet tall.
Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche: This Padmasambhava statue stands at a height of 37.5 m (123 feet). Located in Rewalsar Lake, Himachal Pradesh, Padmasambhava statue is dedicated to the Buddhist guru, known as Guru Rinpoche in Northwest India.
Shiva of Murudeshwara: This statue of Lord Shiva measures 37 m (122 feet) in height and is located in Uttar Kannada, Karnataka. The Murudeshwara Temple and Raja Gopura is surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three sides. Lord Shiva of Murudeshwara is the second tallest statue of Shiva in the world, the tallest being the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal.
Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche: At 36 m (116 feet), the Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche statue in Namchi, Sikkim is among the tallest statues of the guru in India. The famous Siddhesvara Dham is located close to this statue with the four most holy Dhams of the Hindu religion – Jagannath, Dwarika, Rameshawaram, Badrinath. There are replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas and a 108 ft tall statue of Lord Shiva in Namchi as well.
Hanuman Murti: The Lord Hanuman statue in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh is 33 m (108 feet) tall. This Hanuman Murti in Jakhu Hill near Shimla in Himachal Pradesh is a major tourist attraction.
Mindrolling Monastery Buddha: The 32.6 m (107 feet) tall Buddha statue in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, is one of the tallest Buddha statues in India. Mindrolling Monastery is among the major Buddhist monasteries in India and a part of the six major monasteries of the Nyingma School in Tibet.
Hanuman Murti: This 32 m (105 feet) tall Hanuman statue is the second largest statue of the god in India. Located in Nandura town, Buldhana district, Maharashtra, this 105 feet tall statue of the Hindu god Hanuman is clearly visible from National Highway-6.
Har ki Pauri: The famous Lord Shiva statue in Har ki Pauri stands at a height of 30.5 m (100 feet). This statue is located in Haridwar, Uttarakhand on the banks of the holy river Ganga.
Chinmaya Ganadhish: The tallest Ganpati statue in India measures 26 m (85 feet) in height and is located in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Famously known as Chinmaya Ganadhish, it is the tallest statue of Lord Ganesha that has a height of 85 feet. This Ganesha idol can be seen from the Pune-Bangalore National Highway-4.
Adinath Bawangaja: The Lord Adinath statue in Barwani, Madhya Pradesh stands at a height of 26 m (84 feet). The 26 m tall idol has been built in honour of Lord Adinath or Lord Rishabha, the first Tirthankara in Jain religion. The Adinath Bawangaja statue is a well-known Jain pilgrim site in Madhya Pradesh.
Hanuman of Ram Tirath Temple: At 24.5 m (80 ft), the Hanuman statue in Amritsar, Punjab stands at the Ram Tirath temple dedicated to Lord Rama.
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