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Statue of Adi Shankaracharya Unveiled in Madhya Pradesh


  • The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh has unveiled the 'Ekatmata Ki Pratima' or 'Statue Of Oneness' of Adi Shankaracharya in Omkareshwar. 
  • The 108-ft tall statue is situated on the Mandhata Mountain in Omkareshwar.
  • The state cabinet had approved this project last year to celebrate the life and philosophy of the 8th-century Hindu philosopher and saint.

  • Omkareshwar is located on the picturesque banks banks of the Narmada river which is around 80 km away from the city of Indore.
  • Omkareshwar is renowned for being one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines, considered the most sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. 

About Adi Shankaracharya (788-820 AD):-

  • Adi Shankaracharya, who was born in the region Kaladi along Periyar river which now comes under Kerala, is said to have arrived at Omkareshwar as a young monk.
  • He resided in this sacred city for four years and received his education through his guru Govind Bhagwadpad.
  • He embraced Advaita Vedanta, challenging prevailing philosophical traditions of his time, including Buddhism and Jainism.
  • In accordance with his spiritual convictions, he departed Omkareshwar at the age of 12 and embarked a journey across the nation, disseminating the teachings of Advaita Vedanta philosophy and elucidating its principles to the people.
  • His scholarly contributions include commentaries on 10 Upnishads, the Bhahmasutra, and the Gita.

The Statue:-

  • Metal casting took place in China's Nanchang City, with the components subsequently shifted to Mumbai.
  • The idol itself is crafted from Bronze, containing 88% copper, 4% zinc, and 8% tin, as well as it boasts a high-quality steel internal structure.
  • Weighing an impressive 100 tonnes, the statue was brought to life by a dedicated team of Indian artists, sculptors and engineers.

The 'Advait Lok' Project:-

  • The Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of 'Advait Lok', a project valued at Rs. 2,200 crore.
  • The project will maintain a museum and will be situated on Omkareshwar Mandhata Hill.
  • In the Adi Shankar Museum, the life and philosophy of Acharya Shankar will be displayed through the most modern and innovative ways.
  • All structures will have visible imprints of Indian culture along with traditional Indian art and architecture.
Source - Indian Express

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