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