India is the land of diversified cultural, spiritual and religious beliefs which vary from state to state and person to person. The country flaunts several religions among which Hindu captures the minds of the majority. Hindu religion is the largest and also the oldest one in the country with millions of followers. When we talk about Hindu religion we can't forget Hindu gods who hold a prestigious place in the hearts of every individual Hindu.
Hindu gods have not only taken over the hearts but also occupied a portion of land in the entire world. There are numerous Hindu gods like Ganesha, Hanuman, Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Parvati, Durga, Kartikey, Vishnu, Lakshmi and more. The prominence of these gods is not only visible in India but also in the entire world. A number of statues have been made in the corners of the world to show our gratitude towards them and represent their majesty. These gods have supreme powers and capabilities to create, nurture and destroy the universe.
Some of the tallest statues of Hindu gods in the entire world that have grabbed the attention of tourists and devotees.
1) Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue, Indonesia:
Adorning the list of tallest statues in the world there is Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue placed in Indonesia. It is a remarkable piece of construction in Bali which outshines other Hindu deities and is the tallest Hindu deity statue in the world. This statue is 122 m (400 ft) in height which includes the 46 m pedestal base. The statue was fashioned by Nyoman Nuarta and installed in the year 2018. It is marked amongst the tallest statues in Indonesia which is also 30 m higher than the Statue of Liberty.
2) Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, Nepal:
Kailashnath Mahadev Statue is one of the tallest Hindu deities with 43.5 m height (143ft) situated in Nepal. It is the second tallest Hindu deity statue of Shiva in the world which was established in the year 2011. Approximately 20 km from Kathmandu the statue stands in a posture of hands giving blessings to devotees. The statue earns the attention of millions of tourists with its magnificent appearance which is almost as tall as the Statue of Liberty.
The statue is designed in a unique way which is made up of zinc, copper, concrete and steel. The statue displays Shiva standing with a trident denoting his role as creator, preserver and destroyer, holding damru, with snake Vasuki in the neck and the bull Nandi next to the Shiva statue.
3) Shiva of Har Ki Pauri, India:
Har Ki Pauri is a pristine location in Haridwar which is a very popular ghat of that place. River Ganga is the sacred water body which touches the land here in Haridwar directly from the Himalayas. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are believed to have visited this place during Vedic period. The footprints of Lord Vishnu can be found even today on the stone. The name of the place 'Har' means Lord Shiva, 'Ki' denotes 'of' and 'Pauri' means stairs which connect to Shiva. There is a 100 feet tall statue on the banks of the sacred river of Ganges which is the centre of attraction of this place.
4) Chinmaya Ganadhish, India:
Lord Ganesha idol spreads happiness, positivity and good charm around. Every year big statues of Ganesha are made to celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi and immersed in the holy water bodies.
Till date a number of statues are built amongst which Chinmaya Ganadhish is the tallest one with 66 ft height. The statue is placed on the base which is again 24ft high that gives a massive impression on the beholder.
5) Lord Murugan statue, Malaysia:
The statue of Lord Murugan books itself as the tallest statue of Hindu deity in Malaysia. The height of the statue is about 42.7 m (140 ft) which is the third tallest statue in the world after Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue in Indonesia and Kailashnath Mahadev statue in Nepal.
The statue was inaugurated in the year 2006 during Thaipusam festival, a popular festival in Malaysia. The festival is organized at a strategic location in Battu caves where worship of Lord Murugan began as a routine ritual a few years back.