Guinness World Records has recognised the statue of Adiyogi Shiva in Tamil Nadu as the largest sculpture in the world.
The 34.24m (112ft) tall statue was officially recognised on May 10, two months after its unveiling by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi outside the Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore.
The project was led by the Isha Foundation, a non-profit spiritual organisation founded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, who explained the significance of the statue.
“We are planning to make Adiyogi an iconic presence in the world so that people understand that only enhancement of perception ultimately enhances life,” he said. “We are in the process of building a 112ft tall face of Adiyogi.
“The number is both symbolic and scientifically significant for our existence because he opened up 112 possibilities for human beings to reach their ultimate nature, and there are one hundred and twelve chakras with which you can work.”
The Adiyogi statue marks the second time that a project led by the Isha Foundation has been recognised by Guinness World Records; in October 2006 the organisation organised an event that saw 852,587 trees planted across Tamil Nadu within three days.
Sadhguru said: “The idea of creating an iconic face like this is not to build one more monument but to use it as a galvanizing force to transform the world from a mass of believers to individuals who seek truth of life and beyond.”