India is all set to kiss the sky with another giant statue of 351 feet in height. Home to the world’s tallest statue, the Statue of Unity in Gujarat, India is counting days to unveil the world’s tallest Lord Shiva statue in August 2019. Named the Statue of Belief, the mammoth sculpture being erected on a horizontally colossal base is an upcoming tourist attraction at a 50-km drive from Udaipur, the city of lakes in Rajasthan.
With the ongoing fast-paced construction at its final phase, the Lord Shiva Statue of Belief is said to be the world’s fourth tallest statue with a commanding height of 351 feet. The location of India’s Statue of Belief is Ganesh Tekri near Nathdwara, a beautiful hilly town on the banks of Banas River flowing down the Aravalli Hills.
Interesting Details of India’s Statue of Belief: World’s Tallest Shiva Idol
The construction of Nathdwara Shiva idol in Rajasthan began in 2012, with 2500 tonnes of refined steel. The statue is glazed by high-quality copper, and the 110-feet-high pedestal is made of pure zinc. Upon completion, there will be three viewing galleries at three different levels – 20 feet, 110 feet and 270 feet – of the height of the world’s tallest Shiva statue. The Trishul (Trident) measures an astounding 315 feet in height.
A team of 750 workers has tirelessly been working on the Statue of Belief in Nathdwara, Rajasthan. Reportedly, an effigy of Nandi cow will also be constructed in the dimension of 25×37 feet, in front of the Shiva statue. The face of the tallest Shiva statue has just been painted. The remaining part of the idol surface is being painted currently. The State of Belief’s construction costs are not yet known.
A sprawling garden will be built to beautify the 300 square feet area around the Shiva Statue of Belief in Nathdwara, a small temple town nestled amidst the Aravalli Hills.
Tourist Attractions of Nathdwara, Rajasthan
The temple town of Nathdwara is famous for Shrinathji Temple frequented by the people of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Built in the 17th century by Maharana Raj Singh of Mewar, Shrinathji Temple is the abode of Shrinathji, another name of Lord Krishna. The idol of Shrinathji was brought from Vrindavan to Nathdwara in order to save it from Mughal ruler Aurangzeb’s invasions on temples.
Though Shrinathji Temple is the center of attraction in Nathdwara, Charbhuja Temple and Dwarkadheesh Temple are worth a visit among the must-see places in and around Nathdwara.
Known for its mesmerizing mirror work, delicately carved door panels and golden shutters, Charbhuja Temple houses a 5,000-year-old idol of Lord Vishnu. Located in Kankroli near Nathdwara, Dwarkadheesh Temple is the most popular abode of Lord Krishna. This too was built by Maharana Raj Singh of Mewar in 1676. Among the places to visit in and around Nathdwara is Ganesh Tekri for its decades-old Ganesh Temple at the center of a lush garden steeped in the serenity of Aravalli Hills.
Best time to Visit Nathdwara
Holi, Diwali and Janmashtami are the biggest festivals of Nathdwara. When any of these festivities is around the corner, it makes the best time to visit to Nathdwara, Rajasthan.
Nathdwara near Udaipur is a 6-hour drive from Jaipur International Airport. It has equal distance from Ahmedabad International Airport. Both the airports have good connectivity with Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.