Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday unveiled an 112 feet tall lord Shiva idol or Adiyogi at Isha Foundation in Coimbatore on Mahashivaratri.
The statue was consecrated by Isha Foundation founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
PM Modi lit the sacred fire to commence the 'Maha Yoga Yagna' across the world, while one million people took an oath to teach a simple form of yoga to at least 100 persons in the coming year, Isha Foundation told media.
Here are five interesting facts about the statue:
1) The Face of Lord Shiva statue is made of steel
2) It took 8 months to build the statue, in addition to 2.5 years of planning and designingÂ
3) It weighs 500 tonnesÂ
4) Idol weighs 112 feet because Adiyogi opened up 112 possibilities for human beings to reach their ultimate potential
5) The face of Adiyogi will be the largest face of its kind on the planetÂ
Here are excerpts from his speech:Â
#Today whole world wants peace, not only from wars and conflicts but peace from stress, and for that we have Yoga
#Rejecting an idea just because its ancient, can be potentially harmful: PM Modi in Coimbatore
#India has given the gift of Yoga to the world, by practising Yoga a spirit of oneness is created: PM Modi
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