Widely popular for its ancient temples, museums, expansive zoological parks and gardens, Coimbatore is truly a treasure trove for travellers in Tamil Nadu. The city is home to several explore worthy gems, one of them being the Adiyogi Shiva Statue.
Adiyogi Shiva Statue in Coimbatore is one of the biggest statues in India, which are dedicated to the great Hindu god Lord Shiva. Located in the Isha Foundation Complex in Coimbatore, the statue is carved out of 500 stones of steel and stands tall at the height of 112 feet. It is surrounded by verdant green farms at the foothills of Velliangiri Mountain in the Western Ghats, offering a relaxing environment to practice Yoga and meditation.
Adiyogi Shiva Statue is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest bust sculpture of Lord Shiva in the world that is 34 metres tall, 25 metres wide and 45 metres long.
Adiyogi – The Source of Yoga
Adiyogi, known as the first Yogi, passed on the science of yoga to the Saptarishi, his seven disciples. This included 112 ways through which human beings can transcend their limitations and reach their ultimate potential.
In Vedic science, Shiva is looked upon as the first guru with his teachings surviving the time and inspiring people to aspire for their highest possibilities. Following the same lines, the iconic face of Shiva as Adiyogi was unveiled by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore on 24 February 2017, the auspicious night of Maha Shivratri. The face of the statue is 112 feet high and represents the 112 ways offered by Adiyogi to attain enlightenment.
The Adiyogi Shiva Statue is located near the Yogeshwar Linga that was consecrated by the Sadhguru as a manifestation of five major chakras in the human system. Together, both the linga and the statue have become a living entity to inspire the people towards inner well-being through Yoga.
A Perfect Place for Those Seeking liberations
Adiyogi Shiva, the tallest and the biggest lord Shiva statue in India and the world promote the culture of yoga and meditation. Anyone and and everyone is invited to the place to practice the art of yoga and transform themselves into better and healthy human beings.
The face of Adiyogi is of an iconic presence to orient the world towards transformation. It is a transformation beyond thought and emotion. Further, it is a very important tool for those who are striving to liberate themselves.
The Adiyogi Shiva Statue along with the Yogeshwar linga temple makes for a perfect getaway in Coimbatore for people seeking liberation. Besides yoga and meditation, devotees of Shiva can offer water and neem leaves to the linga and vastram to the statue. This is believed to be an act of opening up to the energies of the lord.
Adiyogi Divya Darshanam
Adiyogi Divya Darshanam is a 3D laser show that narrates the story of Adiyogi and how human beings were introduced to the science of yoga in the voice of Sadhguru. The music composed by Sounds of Isha further enhances the spectacular show.
Adiyogi Divya Darshanam is a 14 minutes light and dance show that has won the 2020 Mondo dr EMEA and APAC award for Technology in Entertainment in the house of worship category. It competed with several brilliant entries from Europe, Africa, Middle East, and the Asia Pacific Region and came out to be the best.
Adiyogi Shiva Statue – Timings and Entry Fee
The Adiyogi Shiva statue and the Yoheshwar linga temple is open from 6 am in the morning to 8 pm at night on all days of the week. However, the timings are different during festivals and special events. During Purnima and Amavasya, the place is open until midnight. Also, a music concert is offered in front of the Adiyogi Shiva Statue at night, from 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm followed by the distribution of prasad.
The best part is that the Isha Foundation allows visitors to enter the place free of cost.
How to Reach the Adiyogi
The Adiyogi Shiva Statue is located in the Dhyanalinga complex in Coimbatore. It can be reached by tourists in the following ways.
One can take a bus from the Gandhipuram bus stand to the Dhyanalinga complex to cover the distance of 45 minutes and then another 7 minutes walk to reach the statue.
When travelling by car, it takes around 1 hour 30 minutes to reach the Adiyogi from Coimbatore. For visitors coming from outside the city or state, the place is 32 km from Coimbatore bus station, 30 km from Coimbatore railway station and 42 km from Coimbatore airport. Besides, the city is well connected to other parts of the country with national and state highways.