If you've studied Art and Architecture, you'd know that the Indian sensibility lies in details and not the sheer size of objects! It is very unlike the Greeks of the Archaic period who believed in life-sized or bigger than life structures. It was hard for the Westerners who first stepped on Indian soil to comprehend the idea behind miniature structures. Well, we're catching up on old times and getting on with the obsession of sheer sizes. India today has its own share of larger-than-life statues. 'Bigger the better' is the slogan that has gained voice.
Tall statues replicate the great icons of the land. There are plans of building the tallest statue on Earth right here in Gujarat. It'll be called the Statue of Unity and is dedicated to Sardar Vallabhai Patel, The Iron Man of India.
Here's a well compiled list of the tallest statues of India...
Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Swami
135 feet tall and installed in 2003, this statues of Lord Hanuman is near Vijayawada - 30 km from Andhra Pradesh! This is the tallest Statue in India till today.
133 feet tall and opened for public in 2000, this statue is in an islet at Kanyakumari. This statue is dedicated to the great Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, the author of Thirukkural.
Lotus Born, that's the exact meaning of Padmasambhava! This impressive statue of Guru Rinponche also known as the second Buddha is installed in the misty high of Himachal Pradesh overlooking the Rewalsar Lake. It is 123 feet tall.
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Shiva Statue, Murudeshwara
Situated in Karnataka's Uttara Kannada district is a popular pilgrim centre of Murudeshwara which houses a huge statue of Lord Shiva. This seated Lord is 122 feet tall and has the far reaching Arabian Sea at its back.
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This statue of Guru Padmasambhava is 118 feet tall. It is seated in Namchi, Sikkim.
Placed in the Bidar district of Karnataka, the Basava statue is 108 feet tall. This statue in Basavakalyana is the world's tallest Basava statue.
Buddha at Mindrolling Monastery
Installed in the city of Dehradun in Uttarakhand, this statue of Gautama Buddha is 107 feet.
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The town of Nandura in Mahrashtra boasts of this statue of Jai Hanuman standing at 105 feet height.
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Shiva at Har Ki Pauri
This imposing statue of Lord Shiva is situated in the Har Ki Pauri ghat of Haridwar in Uttarakhand. This statue is 100 feet tall and the third tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the entire world.
Installed by the Chinmaya Mission, this statue of Lord Ganesh is 85 feet tall. It is located in Kolhapur, Maharashtra and is possibly the tallest Ganesha statue.
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