The 369-foot-tall "Viswas Swaroopam" Shiva statue that was built in Rajasthan's Rajsamand region's Nathdwara town was formally opened on Saturday.
Claimed to be the tallest Shiva statue in the world, it will be opened to the public scriptures preacher Morari Bapu in the presence of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, assembly speaker CP Joshi, and others.
The statue, which is situated 45 kms from Udaipur, has been constructed by Tat Padam Sansthan. The Sansthan trustee and Miraj group chairman Madan Paliwal said that a series of religious, spiritual, and cultural events will be held for nine days – from October 29 to November 6 – after the inauguration of the statue. Religion preacher Morari Bapu will also recite Ram Katha during the nine days.
“This wonderful statue of Lord Shiva installed in the city of Shreenathji will give a new dimension to religious tourism,” Paliwal said.
Installed on a hilltop over an expanse of 51 bighas, the statue is styled in a posture of meditation, and is said to be visible from 20 kilometers away. The statue is also clearly visible at night as it has been illuminated with special lights, Jaiprakash Mali, spokesperson for the programme said.