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.
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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