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Adiyogi, Tamil Nadu

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The Adiyogi is an awe-inspiring work of art. This 34-metre tall, 45-metre long and 25-metre wide steel statue of Lord Shiva with Thirunamam is located in Coimbatore, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the face of Adiyogi – the source of yoga, at the Isha Yoga Centre. It is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest bust sculpture” in the world and stands 112 feet tall. It weighs about 500 tons and was created by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. The Isha Foundation, based in the Velliangiri Hills, is dedicated to assisting people in realising their full potential. It is popular among tourists for its four major paths: gnana (knowledge), karma (action), kriya (energy), and bhakti (devotion). The centre is home to the architecturally distinctive Spanda Hall and Garden, a meditation hall, that is 64,000 square feet in size. There is also a theerthakund and a dhyanalinga, a special and potent energy form housed beneath a dome made of 250,000 bricks without any pillars.

Nearby Places to See

Velliangiri Andavar Temple
Located in the Velliyangiri Hills, this temple is dedicated to five forms of Lord Shiva. All the lingams, which stand in for the various forms, are kept together in this special temple. This makes it a place of spiritual significance, drawing countless devotees who hike up to the shrine each year. From here, devotees can see the picturesque surroundings and the Velliyangiri Hills, which from some angles resemble a peacock. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses the main shrine with two rock sculptures on either side, which are called dwarakapalakas.
Kava
It is situated about 70 kilometres from Adiyogi in Kerala’s Palakkad district. All throughout the year, Kava provides beautiful scenery, and the area’s viewpoint is well-liked by tourists because the drive there is lined with entrancing vistas. The backwaters of the Malampuzha Dam make for some stunning sunset photographs.
Dhyanalinga Temple
Dhyanalinga is the ideal place to meditate for anyone looking for serenity and a glimpse of spirituality. It was designed and constructed by Jaggi Vasudev in 1999 and is accessible to anyone who wants to sit quietly and meditate. It is located within the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore.
Theerthakunds
At the Adiyogi Yoga Centre, there are two pools with the names Suryakund and Chandrakund. The Chandrakund is dedicated to a slightly feminine energy, whereas the Suryakund is dedicated to a more masculine energy. Yoga’s healing power at Adiyogi includes bathing in these pools.