In a momentous ceremony, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan unveiled a colossal 108-foot statue of Adi Shankaracharya, the renowned 8th-century Vedic scholar and teacher, in the holy city of Omkareshwar. This remarkable endeavor marks a significant addition to the cultural and spiritual landscape of the region.
Here are five key points about the newly inaugurated Adi Shankaracharya statue:
- Location and Composition: The awe-inspiring statue stands tall atop the Mandhata mountain in Omkareshwar, overlooking the tranquil banks of the Narmada River. Crafted with an amalgamation of multiple metals, it serves as a testament to the rich heritage and spiritual significance of the area.
- Elevation and Symbolism: The statue is perched on a majestic 54-foot-high pedestal, symbolically emphasizing the oneness and unity of spiritual beliefs. Appropriately named “Ekatmata Ki Pratima” (statue of oneness), it embodies the teachings and philosophy of Adi Shankaracharya.
- Spiritual Significance: Omkareshwar holds a special place in Hindu spirituality as it is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The addition of Adi Shankaracharya’s statue further enriches the spiritual aura of the city.
- Government Approval: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Madhya Pradesh had previously sanctioned a noteworthy budget of ₹2,141.85 crores for the construction of the Adi Shankaracharya statue, along with the establishment of a museum in Omkareshwar. This initiative aims to celebrate the revered sage’s contributions and teachings.
- Adi Shankaracharya’s Connection: Born in Kerala, Adi Shankaracharya embarked on a spiritual journey that led him to Omkareshwar at a young age, where he embraced the life of a ‘sanyasi’ (monk). During his time in this sacred city, he had the fortune of meeting his guru, Govind Bhagwadpad, and spent four years in deep spiritual learning and contemplation.
The unveiling of the 108-foot Adi Shankaracharya statue in Omkareshwar not only pays homage to a revered scholar but also strengthens the spiritual essence of the region. It stands as a testament to India’s rich heritage and the enduring legacy of scholars who have contributed significantly to the nation’s cultural and spiritual tapestry.
Sources By Agencies