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 near Ahmedabad, India will publicly unveil the world’s tallest Lord Shiva statue this October 29. Named the Statue of Belief, the mammoth sculpture has been erected on a horizontally colossal base and is a brand new tourist attraction at a 50-km drive from Udaipur, the city of lakes in Rajasthan.
On completion of the construction, the Lord Shiva Statue of Belief emerges as the world’s fourth tallest statue with a commanding height of 351 feet and taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York. The statue is a marvelous sight even from a distance of 12 miles. The location of India’s Statue of Belief is Ganesh Tekri near Nathdwara, a scenic 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. There are three viewing galleries at three different levels – 20 feet, 110 feet and 270 feet – of the world’s tallest Shiva statue. The Trishul (Trident) measures an astounding 315 feet in height. The inside of the statue has a grand exhibition hall that is accessible by elevator. The cost of making the Statue of Belief is still unknown.
A team of 750 workers tirelessly worked on the Statue of Belief in Nathdwara, Rajasthan. A statue of Nandi cow has also been constructed in the dimension of 25×37 feet, in front of the Shiva statue. Both statues have recently been painted. There is a beautiful garden sprawling over the 300 square feet area around the Shiva Statue of Belief in Nathdwara, a small temple town nestled in the Aravalli Hills. The 16-acre complex includes a food court, a laser fountain, a parking lot, a handicraft shop, and three herbal gardens.
Tourist Attractions near Statue of Belief, Nathdwara
The temple town of Nathdwara is famous for Shrinathji Temple built in the 17th century by Maharana Raj Singh of Mewar. Shrinathji Temple is the abode of Shrinathji, another name of Lord Krishna, revered by the people of Rajasthan and Gujarat. 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.