The Kedarnath Char Dham shrine is set to be adorned with a 12-feet tall and 35-tonne statue of Adi Shankaracharya, which will be inaugurated on November 5. This statue can be considered as a compensation for the samdhi that was damaged in the June 2013 Kedarnath tragedy.
Hands Of Mysore Sculptors Behind This Masterpiece
This statue has been crafted by sculptors from Mysore as per the information shared by Chief Minister (CM) of Uttarakhand Tirath Singh Rawat who also added that the sculptors have done a formidable job and have completed the beautiful statue in a record time.
Finally idol of #AdiShankaracharya has reached Kedar. Beautifully sculptured Krishna Shila idol has occupied its rightful place behind #Kedar Mandir. Thanks for the efforts and personal attention of @PMOIndia Sri @narendramodi Ji for this historical event. #ShankaracharyaSamadhi pic.twitter.com/3ys4vM8hxf
— Lt Col Ashok Kini H, SM, VSM 🇮🇳 (@KiniColonel) October 31, 2021
Mysore-based sculptor Arun Yogiraj is the man behind this statue of Adi Shankaracharya in Krishnashila stone. Schist Stone is known to withstand rain, sunshine, and harsh climate. The same kind of stone has been used in carving the sculptures in world-famous Belur-Halebidu temples. A resident of Agrahara, Yogiraj, and his nine assistants, have been working on this statue for the last seven months. The statue of Shankaracharya will be installed in the proposed ‘Sri Shankaracharya Study Chair and Museum’ in Kedarnath where the Saint Samadhi is built.
Adi Shankaracharya: The Spiritual Guru Of India
Born in Kerala in the eighth century, Adi Shankaracharya was an Indian mystic and philosopher who consolidated the doctrines of Advaita Vedanta and made significant contributions towards unifying Hinduism by setting up four mathas across India. He is believed to have taken samadhi at Kedarnath.
State’s Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaaz said that the installation of the statue in Kedarnath is a moment of great pride and that “it will further motivate us to adopt his teachings for a meaningful and better life.” This is a great pride moment for us Indians and promoting the local architects to rebuild the statue is a great effort by the government. Om Namah Shivaay !