Since time immemorial, India has been renowned as the abode of Hindus and Hinduism. So, needless to say, quaint as well as larger-than-life temples are dotted around the whole country. But, in this list, rather than telling you few of the temples of so-and-so Gods and Goddesses, we’ll try to chart the tallest statues of Lord Shiva, foremost of the Tridev (Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwar) in the country. Yes, you read that right—the tallest Lord Shiva statues in sitting position. So, without wasting any more time, here we go—
10. Statue at Omkareshwar
One among the 12 holy Jyotirlinga shrines in the country, Omkareshwar is situated across the holy Narmada River. In here, the statue is seated above the main temple and is apparently about 25 meters high. So, no matter how tall you are, be prepared to look like a liliput!
9. Statue at Allahabad
Situated in the holy city of Allahabad, right on the banks of the holy River Ganga, this grand statue is often referred to as the Symbol of Allahad—the holy land of Sangam. The statue is located right where the famous and holy Kumbh Mela takes place at every regular interval. However, the most striking feature of this 33 meters high statue is the grand statue of a bull overlooking Lord Shiva. Bull is known to be the vahana of Shiva.
8. Statue at Rishikesh
Rishikesh is known in India as one of the holiest towns blessed by both Ganga Maata and Lord Shiva. To this effect, if you visit Rishikesh, beside the free-flowing Ganga, you’ll get to see a gigantic statue of Lord Shiva seated in a Yogi posture. One of the major tourist attractions, the statue is built overlooking the Parmarth Niketan Ashram where Ganga Arati is held every morning to offer prayers to Ganga Maata as well as Lord Shiva.
7. Bhajanagar Shiva
Located amidst the picturesque Baleshwar Hills of Eastern Ghats, the Shiva statue at Bhajanagar is the seventh tallest statue of Lord Shiva and the panoramic view of the adjoining Bhajanagar reservoir and Biju Patnaik Children’s Park from there is simple majestic!
6. Kemp Fort Shiva Statue
Located in the outskirts of Bangalore City, just behind the Kemp Fort, the Kemp Fort Shiva is renowned as the six largest Shiva Statues in the world, and sits really tall and erect at 65 feet height. Clubbed with the brilliant Bangalore weather, the white statue of Shiva exudes a grandeur that is for the eyes and souls to behold.
5. Shiva Statue at Jabalpur
Sitting tall at 76 feet, the Shiva Statue at Kachnar City is unarguably one of the tallest in the country. If you’re planning to visit the place, we recommend you to visit it at dusk for the myriad natural colors gives a whole new and breath taking dimension to the Yogic Posture of the “Destroyer”, Lord Shiva.
4. Nageshwar Statue
One among the 12 jyotirlingas of India, the Shiva statue at Nageshwar is located near Dwarka, Gujarat. It is known to be one of the tallest statues of the deity, sitting tall in the yogic posture at 82 feet height. If you’re planning to visit Gujarat, your trip would be empty and useless without a look at this mesmerizing piece of sculpture.
3. Shivagiri Statue
Only 3 feet taller than the Nageshwar Statue is the Shivagiri Statue of Shivapur, located in the Bijapur area of Karnataka. The tall and serene statue of Shiva attracts a lot of tourist attraction from around the country and is one of the main pilgrimage centers of Karnataka.
2. Namchi Statue
The Namchi Statue is located in the holy temple of Siddheshwar Dham in Sikkim and is undoubtedly one of the tallest Shiva statues in the world—it is 108ft tall! It is perhaps the only place in India where you’ll find the replicas of all the 12 jyotirlingas of India as well as of the Char Dham!
1. Murudeshwara Statue
On the coast of the Arabian Sea, in India, you’ll find the abode of the second tallest Shiva Statue of the world—the Murudeshwara statue at 123 ft height! So, be prepared to be dwarfed by the statue in case you’re there!
The idea to make this article came from walkthroughindia