Jaipur, October 28: The 369-foot-tall Shiva statue ‘Viswas Swaroopam’ installed in Nathdwara town of Rajsamand district in Rajasthan will be unveiled on Saturday.
Said to be the tallest statue of Shiva in the world, it will be opened to public scripture preacher Morari Bapu in the presence of chief minister Ashok Gehlot, assembly speaker CP Joshi and others.
The statue, located 45 km from Udaipur, was built by Tat Padam Sansthan.
Sansthan Administrator and Miraj Group Chairman Madan Paliwal said a series of religious, spiritual and cultural events would be held for nine days from October 29 to November 6 after the statue was unveiled.
The religious preacher Morari Bapu will also recite Ram Katha during the nine days.
“This magnificent statue of Lord Shiva installed in the town of Shreenathji will give a new dimension to religious tourism,” said Paliwal.
Installed on top of a hill over an area of 51 bighas, the statue is crowned in a posture of meditation and would be visible from 20 kilometers away.
The statue is also clearly visible at night as it has been illuminated by special lights, said Jaiprakash Mali, a spokesperson for the program.
“It is the tallest idol of Shiva in the world in which elevators, stairs and a hall for devotees have been built. There are four elevators and three stairs to reach it,” he said. .
Three thousand tons of steel and iron, 2.5 lakh cubic tons of concrete and sand were used in its construction, which took 10 years.
The foundations of the project were laid in August 2012 in the presence of Ashok Gehlot, who was then the CM, and Morari Bapu.
Mali said the statue was built to last 250 years and can withstand winds of up to 250 km/h.
“A wind tunnel test of the design of this statue was carried out in Australia,” he added.
The site around the statue will host activities such as bungee jumping, ziplining and go-karts, and will house a food court, adventure park and jungle cafe for tourists to enjoy their day, he added.