Madhya Pradesh government unveils 108-feet statue of Adi Shankaracharya in Omkareshwar

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On September 18, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan unveiled a massive 108-feet-tall statue of eighth-century philosopher Adi Shankaracharya in Mandhata town (also known as Omkareshwar) in Khandwa district, about 80 km from Indore.

An Overview of the News

  • This event has been named 'Ekatmata Ki Pratima' or 'Statue of Oneness'.

  • This statue is located on Mandhata mountain near the holy Omkareshwar temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.

Tribute to Adi Shankaracharya:

  • The statue is a tribute to Adi Shankaracharya, an eminent philosopher who visited Omkareshwar at the age of 12 to attain enlightenment on Advaita Vedanta philosophy.

  • Adi Shankaracharya spent four years in Omkareshwar studying this philosophy before embarking on a journey to preach Advaita Vedanta across the country.

Chief Minister's Vision:

  • Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan mooted the idea of this statue during his visit to Omkareshwar in January 2017.


  • The statue depicts Adi Shankaracharya at the age of 12, the age at which he visited Omkareshwar.

  • No photographs or paintings of him existed at the time, so a painter was chosen to create an image based on various ancient literary sources.

  • Then the statue was conceptualized and constructed on the basis of this painting.

Development Plans:

  • The state government has ambitious plans to develop Omkareshwar as a cultural and spiritual heritage site.

  • They are planning to establish 'Advaita Lok', a museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing the philosophical traditions of Advaita Vedanta.

  • Additionally, an 'Advaita Van' spread over 36 hectares is being created at Omkareshwar to preserve the natural beauty and sustainability of the area.

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