Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh) [India], September 21 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday unveiled the 108 feet tall statue of Adi Shankaracharya,'Statue of Oneness', in Omkareshwar.
The statue of Adi Shankaracharya is based on Mandhata mountain in Omkareshwar. Khandwa Collector Anoop Kumar Singh said that the awe-inspiring multi-metal sculpture stood on a 54-foot-high pedestal and had a height of 108 feet.
CM Chauhan along with his wife Sadhna Singh Chouhan performed rituals on the occasion of the inauguration of the 108 feet tall statue of Adi Shankaracharya. The chief minister also offered prayers at the site on the occasion.
Earlier, CM Chouhan told ANI,"Adi Guru Shankaracharya Maharaj worked to connect the country culturally. He worked to spread the essence of the Vedas to the common people. He also made four monasteries in four corners of the country. This worked to keep India culturally united. Because of that India is united today."His birthplace was Kerala but he got knowledge in Omkareshwar. He had walked over 1600 kilometres through forests. He found a Guru there and after gaining knowledge from there he moved towards Kashi (Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh). The entire country, which was in a state of cultural disintegration at that time, was completely united, he added.
"Shankaracharya Maharaj got such a Guru in Omkareshwar. The tradition of knowledge should not end from there and the coming generations should also continue to get the knowledge. Therefore, not only is the divine statue being installed there but we are also going to build Ekatmadham there. Its foundation stone will be laid," the CM said.
"It is my own belief that in the times to come, our Ekatmadham (idea of Advaita) will save the world, hence we are making this project there," he added. (ANI)