Shiva is the “destroyer of evil and the transformer” within the Trimurti, the Hindu trinity that includes Brahma and Vishnu. According to mythology, Shiva is worshiped in the form of a lingam. The Shiva temples always have a bigger monumental tower like Bruhadeshwara temple, Murudeshwara, Virupaksha, Rameshwaram, Nanjundeshwara, etc. There are many magnificent statues of Shiva around the world, and they just look amazing, magnificent and almighty standing tall.
Here, is the list of tallest statues of Shiva around the world.
- Shiva of Murudeshwara
The temple of Murudeshwara is the biggest monumental statue, but with that, it also has the tallest statue of Shiva. The statue is situated in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Its height is about 37m (122 ft).
- Mangal Mahadev
The statue is located in the backdrop of beautiful and huge Himalayas and in the Ganga Talao Lake in Mauritius. This statue in Mauritius stands tall at a height of 33m. The lake just looks breathtaking because of the huge and unique Shiva statue standing tall.
- Kailashnath Mahadev
Kailashnath Mahadev is situated in Nepal and people have been visiting there because of ‘The Immortal of Meluha’. The statue of Shiva is located in Kathmandu. The statue is 43m (143 ft) tall and is copper in color.
- A statue at Rishikesh
Rishikesh also known as one of the holiest places in India is a place where you can also observe one of the tallest statue of Shiva. A gigantic statue of Lord Shiva seated in a Yogi posture is situated at Rishikesh. The color of the statue is pure white and is one among the most popular statues around the world.
- Kemp Fort Shiva Statue
The Shiva statue located on the outskirts of Bangalore city is noted as one of the six tallest statues. The statue is located behind the Kemp Fort. The Shiva statue is in Yogi Posture and in white marble color with a backdrop of the Himalayas and a surrounding pond, symbolic of the Mansarovar. It stands tall about 65 feet height.
- Lord Shiva at Haridwar
As you enter Haridwar from the East and South along the Rishikesh-Haridwar highway you can see the gigantic statue of Shiva which is about 100 feet tall. It is situated along the Ganges River banks in the Swami Vivekananda Park.
- Dancing Statue of Shiva
The dancing statue of Shiva is situated in Geneva. The dancing statue of Shiva is also called as Natraj; which is actually one of the form or avatar when the destroyer got furious over the Goddess Sati. The statue is situated at CERN, the European center of research of physics in Switzerland in 2004. It is 2m tall.
The statue of Shiva is situated in Bijapur at Shivapur on Sindagi Road. The statue is made up of cement and steel and is white in color. Standing at 85 feet tall, it is the fourth tallest statue of Shiva in the world. The statue is in sitting position, Yogi Posture.
So, any day if you get a chance to visit these places surely go and see the beauty of the magnificent statues of Lord Shiva.
Om Namah Shivaay!