Adiyogi Shiva statue

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Adiyogi statue
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Adiyogi Shiva statue in Coimbatore, 2018
Coordinates10°58′21″N 76°44′26″E / 10.972416°N 76.740602°E / 10.972416; 76.740602 (Adiyogi (Isha Yoga Center, India))Coordinates: 10°58′21″N 76°44′26″E / 10.972416°N 76.740602°E / 10.972416; 76.740602 (Adiyogi (Isha Yoga Center, India))
LocationIsha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
DesignerSadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Height34 m (112 ft)
Completion date24 February 2017
Dedicated toLord Shiva as Adiyogi

The Adiyogi statue is a 34-metre tall (112 ft), 45-metre long (147 ft) and 25-metre wide (82 ft) steel statue of Shiva with Thirunamam at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the "Largest Bust Sculpture” in the world.[1][2] Designed by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, it weighs around 500 tonnes (490 long tons; 550 short tons).[3]

Adiyogi refers to Shiva (Shankar) as the first yogi. It was established to inspire people towards inner well-being through yoga.


"This face is not a deity or temple, this is an iconic inspiration. In pursuit of the divine, you don't have to look up because it is not somewhere else. Each of the 112 possibilities is a method to experience the divine within you. You just have to pick one. [...] The idea is not to build one more monument but to use it as a galvanizing force towards self-transformation."

Sadhguru on the purpose of the statue.[4]

Adiyogi is located at the Isha Yoga Center. Its height, 112 ft, symbolizes the 112 possibilities to attain to moksha (liberation) that are mentioned in yogic culture, and also the 112 chakras in the human system.[4][3] A linga called Yogeshwar Linga was consecrated and placed in front of the statue. [5] The Indian Ministry of Tourism has included the statue in its official Incredible India campaign.[6] It is also the venue of a light and sound show on Shiva as a yogi, inaugurated by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.[7]


Adiyogi was inaugurated on 24 February 2017 by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. He also launched a companion book Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga written by Vasudev. To mark the unveiling of the statue, the song "Adiyogi - The Source of Yoga" was released by Isha Foundation, sung by Kailash Kher, with lyrics by Prasoon Joshi.[8]

Another 6.4-metre (21 ft) statue of Adiyogi was unveiled in Tennessee, USA, in 2015 by Isha Foundation, as part of a 2,800 m2 (30,000 sq ft) yoga studio.[9]

Adiyogi Divya Darshanam[edit]

Adiyogi Divya Darshanam is 3D laser show, narrating story of Adiyogi and how the science of yoga was given to human beings.[10] It was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on Mahashivratri in 2019. [11] It is a 14 minute light and sound show, projected upon the Adiyogi Statue.[12] It occurs on weekends and other auspicious occasions.[13] In 2020, it won the Mondo*dr EMEA & APAC Award for Technology in Entertainment in the House of Worship category. [14][15]

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  1. ^ 'Aadiyogi bust' declared world's largest by Guinness Book of World, Hindustan Times, 12 May 2017.
  2. ^ Vincenzo Berghella, Chennai and Coimbatore, India, Page 68.
  3. ^ a b "Shiva as Adiyogi". Mathrubhumi. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b "PM Narendra Modi to unveil first 112 feet Shiva idol at Isha Foundation". The Indian Express. Chennai. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  5. ^ Sadhguru. "The first Guru is born". The Times of India.
  6. ^ "Maha Shivratri 2017: PM Modi unveils 112-foot Shiva statue in Coimbatore". Daily News Analysis. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  7. ^ Swaroop, Vishnu. "A night that lit up thousand minds | Coimbatore News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Prasoon Joshi and Kher Collaborate". RadioAndMusic. 23 February 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  9. ^ "21-foot statue of Adiyogi unveiled and consecrated in Tennessee". India Post. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  10. ^ "12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About 112-ft Adiyogi". Isha Sadhguru. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  11. ^ Team, DNA Web. "Adi-yogi allows humans to evolve beyond their limitations: President Kovind on Maha Shivaratri | Latest News & Updates at". DNA India. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Adiyogi Divya Darshanam Wins Prestigious Global Award". Isha Sadhguru. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Adiyogi Divya Darshanam on weekend | Covaipost". Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Adiyogi Divya Darshanam Wins Prestigious Global Award". Isha Sadhguru. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  15. ^ "Adiyogi Divya Darshanam, Isha Yoga Centre – EMEA & APAC". Retrieved 31 October 2020.

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