India's Tallest Statues Revealed

Explore India's towering marvels: Statue of Unity, Statue of Equality, Adiyogi, Tathagata Tsal, Statue of Belief, and Lord Murugan.

Published On Jan 10, 2024 | Updated On Feb 24, 2024

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India proudly displays a variety of enormous monuments that serve as tributes to its rich cultural association. In a country where history and modernity coexist, every imposing work of art weaves together the strands of spirituality, tradition, and creative genius to tell a tale. Take a virtual journey with us as we explore some of the tallest statues in India—monuments that touch the sky and the hearts of people who see them.

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The Statue of Unity, designed by noted Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar, is a massive homage to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as Iron Man of India —  a pivotal contributor in the country's war for independence. This is the tallest statue in India in fact the entire world, rising to a startling 600 feet (182 metres).

Preached at the top of Narmada River, the statue not only showcases statesmanship but also exclamets as a symbol of national integration. The complex of the statue covers the swappling area of 20,000 square metres which is surrounded by a 12 square kilometre of lake.

The iconic statue is situated next to the renowned Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River on the charming river island of Sadhu Bet. Its location enhances the monument's entire experience by offering visitors a breathtaking perspective of the surrounding scenery.

There are many activities such as laser light and sound show, tour of valley of flowers
tour of Sardar Sarovar Dam, Cactus Garden, Ekta Nursery, Children Nutrition Park, Jungle Safari, Dino Trail,  Ekta Mall and many more,  where visitors can partake while exploring the robust statue. Additionally, to experience the bespoke luxury visitors can book themselves premium lodging at Tent City.

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The second tallest statue in India Statue Of Equality in Hyderabad is dedicated to Ramanuja Acharya — A revered philosopher and theologian of the Bhakti movement. With the giant structure the 216 tall statue conveys the teaching of equality, love and social justice. Made of Panchaloha — a mix of five metals silver, copper, gold, brass and zinc, Ramanujacharya statue is one of the tallest metallic statues in the world, mounted on a 54 feet base height building known as Bhadra Vedi.

The monument fosters a sense of harmony in society by inviting visitors to contemplate on the timeless values of compassion and inclusivity. It has dedicated space exhibiting work of Ramanujacharya, this includes Vedic digital library and research centre, an educational gallery and a theatre.  

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Located inside the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore, the Adiyogi Shiva Statue is a work of art that defies preconceived ideas about spirituality and art. The 112-foot-tall monument, designed by Sadhguru, depicts Lord Shiva as the first yogi, or Adiyogi. Presently, it represents metamorphosis and the science of internal health, beckoning individuals from diverse backgrounds to delve into the age-old practices of yoga and meditation in the modern era.

The statue took 2.5 years to complete, involving more than 600 sculptors and craftspeople. In Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, it was formally inaugurated by Narendra Modi in 2017. The statue weighs about 500 tons and is constructed of steel. It is encircled by water and rests on a platform composed of 12,000 cubic metres of concrete. The monument is designed to withstand inclement weather and natural disasters. Rich vegetation and the Velliangiri hills encircle this impressive structure, adding to the area's allure.

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Marking the 2550th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha, Tathagata Tsal (Buddha Park)  is tucked away in Ravangla Ridge in Sikkim is home to a majestic statue of Lord Buddha. The 137 feet tall statue overlooks the picturesque landscape and the mountainous terrain. It serves as a serene pilgrimage site and a testament to Sikkim's commitment to Buddhism. The park, adorned with prayer wheels and stupas, provides a tranquil space for introspection and spiritual contemplation.

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Along the dunes of Rajasthan the 369 feet tall Statue of Belief stands as an architectural marvel dedicated to promoting religious tolerance and understanding in Nathdwara. The statue also known as Vishwas Swaroopam represents various faiths coexisting harmoniously, emphasising the importance of mutual respect and unity. It serves as a reminder that despite diverse religious beliefs, there exists a shared humanity that binds people together in a secular country like India.

There are many other activities that visitors can explore while discovering this statue. To name a few — Harihar Setu, Amphitheater, Lakshman Jhula, Amusement Park, Park Toy Train, Bungee Trampoline and Light and Sound Show.

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Tucked in Salem district Tamil Nadu, the Lord Murugan Statue stands as an iconic representation of the Hindu deity of war and victory. Rising to a height of 146 feet, the statue is adorned with intricate details and vibrant colours. Pilgrims and tourists alike visit the site, not only to seek the blessings of Lord Murugan but also to marvel at the architectural brilliance that captures the essence of Tamil culture and spirituality.

Prior to India’s statue, the highest in the world was the Murugan statue located near Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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