Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is preparing to reveal a remarkable 108-foot statue of Adi Shankaracharya on September 18th in Omkareshwar. This monumental tribute to the revered 8th-century philosopher is named “Ekatmata Ki Pratima” or the “Statue of Oneness.”
Omkareshwar is a sacred temple town, home to one of Lord Shiva’s 12 Jyotirlingas. It is located on the scenic banks of the Narmada River and is approximately 80 kilometers away from the bustling city of Indore. It is envisioned as a global center for the Advaita Vedanta philosophy, famously championed by Adi Shankaracharya. The construction of this imposing statue on the Mandhata mountain marks the beginning of the first phase of an ambitious development project.
This awe-inspiring multi-metal sculpture, standing at an impressive height of 108 feet, depicts Adi Shankaracharya as a 12-year-old boy. Chief Minister Chouhan will preside over the statue’s unveiling. Notably, this unveiling coincides with the upcoming year-end assembly elections in the state, making it a significant event in both the political and cultural realms.
Beyond the impressive statue, Omkareshwar is poised for further development to enrich its cultural and spiritual heritage. Plans include the establishment of “Advaita Lok,” a museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing the philosophical traditions of Advaita Vedanta. Additionally, an international Vedanta institute will be founded to facilitate deeper learning and understanding of this ancient philosophy. As a commitment to ecological preservation, an “Advaita Forest” spanning an expansive 36 hectares is also in progress, contributing to the town’s sustainability and natural beauty.
These collective efforts underscore a commitment to preserving and promoting Omkareshwar’s profound spiritual and cultural legacy, transforming it into not only a pilgrimage destination but also a center for philosophical exploration and ecological harmony.