Colossal Statues in India That You Should Definitely Visit

List of the Tallest Statues in India

India boasts of a rich and vibrant history. With a plethora of events happening in the country from the annexation by the British, Freedom Struggle Movement and the coming of the modern times, time and again we feel the need to document these varied events of the past. More often than we think, the government comes up with new sculptures, idols and statues in India installed in cities so we can remember our freedom fighters, our national leaders etc. Since India is also a multi-religion country, we also have several gods and goddesses belonging the Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism etc. Most of the pilgrimage spots have magnificent mammoth statues of religious deities installed owing to the reverence and dedication of the devotees. As of now, our country takes pride in housing umpteen gigantic statues and is on its way to create even better ones. Several of these statues in India boast of being the tallest statues in the world in their respective fields. Other than the political, religious context of these statues in India, they are also a rich heritage to boast of. Being a spectacular site to behold, these spots are very often frequented by locals and tourists alike (besides the pilgrims) just to have a glimpse of the striking architectural finesse and the majestic constructions.

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Here is the list of 23 Colossal Statues in India That You Should Definitely Visit

1. Paritala Anjaneya Temple, Vijayawada

Located in Paritala town near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, the statue of the Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami is the world's tallest Hanuman temple. Standing at a height of 135 feet (41 metres), the statue was installed in the year 2003. At the base of the statue you can also find a tiny Hanuman Mandir called Paritala Anjaneya Temple.

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2. Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari

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Dedicated to the accomplished philosopher and poet Thiruvalluvar, this beautiful statue finds itself on a small island near Kanyakumari. Thiruvalluvar was the author of a legendary work in the world of Literature, Tirukkural, the classic Tamil text. In his devotion, the work for the statue started in 1990 and continued till 1999, during the year in which the figure finally got completed. This monument stands tall at a mighty height of 133 feet and is perched upon a 38-foot pedestal.

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3. Tathagata Tsal, South Sikkim

Tathagata Tsal, or better known as the Buddha Park of Ravangla is a beautiful park situated in the Ravangla (Rabong) in South Sikkim district, Sikkim. The main highlight of the park is the magnificent statue of Buddha installed as a centrepiece with a height of 130-foot (40 m).

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4. Dhyana Buddha Statue, Amaravathi

Dhyana Buddha Statue is a hugeg statue of Buddha installed in Amaravathi in Andhra Pradesh. With a towering height of 125 ft, the statue is located on the banks of river Krishna. It has eight pillars resting on a Lotus pandal. The statue also has a museum beneath it which has scriptures on Buddhism and other relevant artefacts.

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5. Adiyogi Shiva Statue, Coimbatore

Surrounded by verdant green farms at the foothills of Velliangiri Mountains in the Western Ghats, Adiyogi Shiva Statue is the world's biggest bust statue dedicated to the celebrated Hindu deity Shiva, which is carved out of 500 tonnes of steel. Located in the Isha Yoga Complex in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, the sculpture stands tall at a height of 112 feet.

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6. Statue of Padmasambhava, Mandi

The 12 m high statue of Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, is the highlight of the Rewalsar town in Himachal Pradesh. With its trademark fiesty eyes, wisps of hair for moustache and beard, the statue stands tall amidst grand picturesque views. The statue was installed in 2012 by Dalai Lama.

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7. Murudeshwar Temple, Murudeshwar

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Murdeshwar, a town in Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka, India. Murdeshwar is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. Famous for the world's second-tallest Shiva statue, the town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murdeshwar Temple. Murdeshwar has a railway station on the Mangalore-Mumbai Konkan railway route.

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8. Statue of Ahimsa, Nasik

Located in Mangi-Tungi near Nashik in Maharashtra, Statue of Ahimsa is the tallest Jain statue in the world. The sculpture depicts the first Jain Tirthankara Rishabhanatha and is carved out of a single rock in the Mangi-Tungi hills which is considered auspicious by the Jains.

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9. Jakhoo Temple, Shimla

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This temple has the world's largest Hanuman statue, which is visible from most parts of Shimla. Visit the temple, to view this statue upright and strain your neck a bit admiring its magnificence.

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10. Great Buddha Statue, Bodh Gaya

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This statue of Lord Buddha is the tallest in India and was instated by the XIV Dalai Lama in 1989. It is a meditating Buddha resting on a giant lotus, constructed using intricately carved sandstone and red granite.

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11. Statue of Guru Rinpoche, South Sikkim

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This giant statue of Guru Rinpoche is located in Namchi and is 118 ft. in height. Guru Rinpoche's actual name was Padmasambhava and is also known as Second Buddha.

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12. Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar

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Regarded as one of the most scared Ghats in Haridwar and India, Har Ki Pauri is visited by devotees and visitors in large number seeking the blessings of Holy Ganga by offering their prayers. It is also home to the mammoth statue of Lord Shiva with a height of 100 feet.

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13. Mindrolling Monastery, Dehradun

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Mindrolling, which means "Place of Perfect Emancipation" in Tibetan language, is the largest Buddhist Vihara of India, training monks for over 300 years .

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14. Diskit monastery, Lachung temple and Hundur monastery., Ladakh

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Also known as Deskit/ Diskit Gompa, this is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra valley, belonging to Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

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15. Gomateshwara Statue, Sravanabelagola

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The world's highest monolithic statue, at a height of 17m, the Gommatesvara statue was built in the 10th century by Chamundaraya, the general of the King Rajamalla of the Ganga dynasty.

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16. Buddha Statue, Kurnool

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Buddha Statue is a majestic white statue with a hillock behind it with 'Belum Caves' written on it. It is situated in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Buddha Statue is an example of some of the best Buddhist as well as Jain remains. It is a beautiful and attractive proof of the contributions which have been made by the monks towards these caves.

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17. Lenin Statue, Vijayawada

An enormous statue of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, towers in the middle of Vijayawada city as an instance of communism and its ideologies. Built in the 1980s when the town was under communist rule, this statue holds tremendous historical significance. You can find many stray book sellers here selling popular and interesting books at a third of the cost.

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18. Statue of Bahubali (Gomateshwara), Karkala

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If you are visiting Karkala, there is no way you miss out one of its major attraction, the statue of Bahubali. In fact this statue of Bahubali or Gomateshwara is the 2nd largest statue of the kind.

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19. Buddha Statue of Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad

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Renowned as Asia's largest artificial lake, the major attraction of Hussain Sagar lake is a monolithic Buddha statue situated right at the heart of the lake. The statue of Buddha was installed in the year 1993 and was inaugurated by His Holiness Dalai Lama himself. Standing at the Tank Bund, you can see an outline of the lake done by lights appearing as a diamond studded necklace.

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20. Lord Shiva Statue, Khajjiar

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This is a magnanimous 85 ft statue of Lord Shiva, one of the tallest in Himachal Pradesh. It is polished in bronze and the glistening statue is a sight to behold.

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21. The Statue of Dupleix, Pondicherry

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Commissioned in the year 1870, this 3 meter high statue was established to honour Francois Dupleix, who governed Pondicherry till 1754. This statue situated at the Place du Republique is built over amazing granite columns.

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22. Hanuman Vatika, Rourkela

Situated in Rourkela in Odisha, Hanuman Vatika is a garden dedicated to the Hindu God Hanuman. It boasts of housing Asia's tallest Hanuman statue which is 75 feet tall. Besides, the garden also has several temples in the premises enshrined by Vaishnodevi, Sarala, Dwadash Linga, Siva, Santoshi Maa, Maa Laxmi etc.

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23. Chinmaya Ganadhish, Kolhapur

Located at a distance of 14 kms from Kolhapur in Maharashtra on the Pune- Bangalore Highway, Chinmaya Ganadhish is the tallest statue of Hindu God Ganesh in the entire world. The statue stands tall at a height of 61 feet placed on a base of 24 feet. It was inaugurated in 2001.

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