Another architectural marvel and mesmerizing structure to wow you, especially the devotee of Lord Shiva, is the Statue of Belief in Nathdwara.
This concrete structure is insanely tall. Standing at a height of 369 ft, Vishwas Swaroopam is the tallest statue of shiva in the world..
The spiritual and religious guru, Morari Bapu from Gujarat inaugurated ‘Vishwas Swaroopam’ on 29th October 2022 in Rajasthan.
Soon, the public can also view and worship Lord Shiva. But before you go, here are must-know facts about the Statue of Belief that will enrich your traveling experience.
About Statue of Belief in Nathdwara: Facts and Photos
For shiva devotees and tourists, visiting Rajasthan has become a must now other than exploring the 12 Jyotirlingas.
To see Lord Shiva in one of his many forms, you must come to Nathdwara (Gateway to Shrinathji).
Here, Mahadeva is resting in a sitting position and is painted in red color from head to toe. He rests close to Ganesh Tekri Temple where Ganesha is worshipped.
But the view of Lord Shiva is highlighted here.
1. Can Be Seen From a 20 Km Distance
The Statue of Belief is so big that you can actually see it from a distance of 20 km. However, one has to visit Ganesh Tekri to explore its beauty and massiveness.
2. A Decade-Long Artwork
Constructing such a huge statue is no piece of cake. It takes devotion, effort, and a lot of manpower to create something so beautiful and giant.
Vishwas Swaroopam is a result of 750 workers who worked passionately for 10 years to give the world’s tallest shiva statue. The Foundation stone was laid in 2012.
3. Tallest Shiva Statue in World
The total height of this colossal statue is 369 ft or 112 m including the 34 m tall pedestal.
However, it is fourth after Laykyun Sekkya (380 ft) on the list of tallest statues in the world.
4. Statue of Belief Can Fit 10000 People
You won’t believe it from the outside so step inside the world’s tallest shiva statue.
Inside this towering architecture is a big hall where 10000 devotees can fit at a time.
If not scared of heights, you can explore the Nathdwara from a height through the escalators inside the statue.
There are four lifts and 3 stairs installed to take the tourists from the ground floor to a total height of 270 ft.
5. A Perfect Picnic Spot
Vishwas Swaroopam statue not offers a spiritual feeling but also lets you connect with nature.
You can even have a picnic trip with your family as the statue is constructed on a land area of 16 acres.
There are green herbal gardens, parking facilities, a water fountain, a food court, and handicraft stores in the vicinity. With all those amenities, tourists can enjoy doing:
- Bungee Jumping
- Zip Lining
- Enjoying delicious snacks and drinks
6. Meet Tallest Nandi Statue
Lord Shiva’s statue is incomplete without the Nandi. Thus, the complex also has a giant statue of Nandi whose height is 25 ft, approx 7.6m.
7. A Solid Framework
The entire structure is built using concrete and strengthened by the steel framework. The exteriors have a base coating of liquefied zinc followed by copper coating.
All these materials will keep the Statue of Belief withstand wind up to 250mph strong. If you don’t know how strong it is, wind with this much speed has caused deadly hurricanes in the world.
The copper and zinc coating will save the Vishwas Swaroopam’s beauty from the harsh rain and sun rays for 250 years.
8. A thousand Tonnes of Material Used
You’d be stunned to know that around 3000 tonnes of steel are used to make the Nathdwara shiva statue. Concrete of 2.5 Lakh cubic tonnes is also used to give a strong core to the structure.
9. A 4 Hours Trip
Although the height and unique construction will make you stay for hours, the detailed trip will take nearly 4 hours.
For ardent devotees, even this much time is not enough to capture the massiveness of Lord Shiva in their hearts and mind.
10. Constructed by a Leading Company
The Statue of Belief in Rajasthan is built by the Shapoorji Pallonji Group and was the idea of Indian business magnate, Madan Paliwal.
He is a founder of Miraj Group and owner of several companies like Miraj Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, Miraj Developers Ltd, etc.
11. A Beautiful Night Show
Adorned with colorful lights, the Vishwas Swaroopam looks magical as if Lord Shiva has come to bless us.
You must visit the tallest Shiva Statue at night or during Mahashivratri.
How to Reach the Statue of Belief in Nathdwara?
Vishwas Swaroopam is located in the western part of Rajasthan and northeast of Udaipur in Nathdwara.
You will find Mahadeva here resting peacefully surrounded by the Aravalli hills and the banks of Chambal’s tributary, the Banas river.
To reach here, you can get off to Rajsamand district and then take a bus to Nathdwara. Then take another public transport to Ganesh tekri.
Ticket Price and Timings to Visit Statue of Belief
For enjoying all the facilities and sightseeing at the Statue of Belief, one has to pay a minimal fee which is not decided yet by the government.
However, it is expected to be confirmed soon as the Statue of Belief in Nathdwara is now open to the public.