Lord Shiva, the god of ultimate destruction, is one of the supreme gods in Hinduism. He is an inseparable part of the entire Hindu belief system, making his presence visible in every nook and corner of this country, either in the form of Shiva Linga, temples, idols, or even statues.
When this much devotion towards a god meets modern architectural brilliance, sculptural mastery, and creativity, amazing things happen. In the past few decades, various temple organizations in India have constructed some of the largest Shiva statues that are not only the largest in the country but also in the world.
Nathdwara Shiva Statue
In 2019, right before the COVID pandemic hit the world, the construction of a massive Shiva statue was completed and opened for the general public to visit. The statue is 351 feet in height, making it one of the largest statues of Lord Shiva. It’s located at Ganesh Tekri temple in the Nathdwara district of Rajasthan.
Shiva Statue of Murudeshwara
The Murudeshwara statue is the second tallest Shiva statue in the world. The statue is said to be 123 feet tall and was built in just two years. The statue is built on the Kanduka hills, which are surrounded on three sides by the Arabian Sea. This magnificent statue is a part of the main Murudeshwar Shiva temple in Karnataka, which is one of the most visited temples in the state.
Adiyogi Shiva Statue
Having been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the largest bust sculpture, the Adiyogi Shiva statue is one of the largest Shiva temples in the world with a height of 112 feet and a width of 82 feet. It is located in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
Namchi Statue of Shiva
The Solophok Shiva Temple is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrim sites in South Sikkim. A giant statue of Lord Shiva with a height of nearly 108 feet can be seen in his famous meditation posture on top of the main temple. The temple is located only 5 km from the nearest town, Namchi.
Shiva Statue Of Har-Ki-Pauri
The famous statue of Shiva in Har-ki-pauri is over 100 feet tall, making it one of the tallest Shiva statues built in India. Thousands of devotees visit this religious shrine each year to admire this magnificent statue. It’s built on the banks of the Ganga river in Haridwar. Apart from having a large Shiva statue, this place is also believed to be very sacred and has a rich ancient history associated with it.
Mangal Mahadev Statue
At the entrance of the Ganga Talao, there is a 108-foot-tall statue of Lord Shiva standing with his Trishul in one hand and another in a blessing gesture. This statue is the highest known Shiva statue in Mauritius. Built in the premises of Birla Kanan temple, this statue is also called Mangal Mahadev Statue.
Shivagiri Shiva Statue
Shivagiri is one of the tallest Shiva statues in the country and the second largest in the state of Karnataka. The statue is 85 feet tall and took over 13 months to fully sculpt. After opening for the public to visit, Shivagiri’s statue has now become quite famous among devotees.
Nageshwar Shiva Statue
The Nageshwar Shiva Statue is 82 feet tall, making it one of the tallest Shiva statues in the state of Gujarat. The statue is built on the premise of the Nageshwar Jyotirlinga temple. The Jyotirlinga is mentioned in the Shiva Purana, making it one of the legendary temples in India.
Murugeshpalya Shiva Statue
The Murugeshpalya Shiva Temple is a popular attraction in Bangalore. The temple houses one of the largest statues of Lord Shiva in India. The statue is about 65-feet tall and was inaugurated in 1995. It is located right on the old airport road, behind the Kemp fort.