Adiyogi Shiva, the largest steel bust in the world
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Adiyogi Shiva, the largest steel bust in the world

Adiyogi Shiva,Tamil Nadu

Adiyogi Shiva, the largest steel bust in the world

The marvelous steel statue of Adiyogi is a gigantic sculpute weighing 500 tons and standing at 34 meters high, dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. Inaugurated in 2017, it is located in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India, exactly at the foot of the Velliangiri mountains near the city of Coimbatore. It is a work designed by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and built by the Isha Foundation.

The statue of Adiyogi Shiva has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the "largest bust sculpture in the world", representing an iconic inspiration designed to promote yoga. The name Adiyogi means "first yogi" and Shiva, according to the Indian philosophical system, is recognized as the creator of yoga. The 112 feet height of the statue represent the 112 chakras of the body that are used in meditation. It is not a place of worship limited to a particular religion, but instead a center of meditation that opens its arms to exploring the inner beliefs of each individual.

This monument surrounded by beautiful hills quickly became a destination for many visitors. The complex is about 18 miles from the city of Coimbatore and can be reached by bus or taxi to the main gate, after which a walk or rickshaw ride will take visitors to the base of the statue. Another similar statue of Adiyogi from the Isha Foundation, which is 6.4 meters high, was inaugurated in Tennessee, USA in 2015.

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