Top 10 Largest/Biggest Statues of India

There can't be any height of spiritualism nor for showing our love and affection to the almighty. That will be more true when you witness some the statues listed below.

India as a country where majority of the people are Hindus; worshiping idols of the lord has been going on for centuries. That is also reflected in the below. The below list has three statues of Hanuman, two of Lord Shiva, two or Guru Rinpoche, and one each of Buddha, Lord Ganesha, and Saint Thiruvalluvar (Poet and Philosopher).

Currently the list is ruled by the statue of Shiva in Hyderabad. But it won't remain at the top a few years from now as a massive statue known as "Statue of Unity" which would be of Sardar Vallabhai Patel (597 ft) is coming in Gujarat. The proposed statue would become the largest statue of the world surpassing Buddha Statue of Spring temple in China. Another one such proposed structure is of Buddha in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh which would be of 500 ft once completed making it the biggest Buddha statue in the world.

From the tourism point of view such statues bring forward a better image of the place and attract large number of tourist which ultimately brings employment and helps in betterment of the society.

Here is the list of top ten biggest statues of India.

Summary

Serial No.
Statue
Shows
Place
Height
1
Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami
Hanuman
Paritala, Andhra Pradesh
135 ft
2
Thiruvalluvar Statue
Thiruvalluvar
Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
133 ft
3
Statue of Padmasambhava
Guru Rinpoche
Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh
123 ft
4
Shiva of Murudeshwara
Shiva
Murudeshwara, Karnataka
122 ft
5
Statue of Padmasambhava
Guru Rinpoche
Namchi, Sikkim
118 ft
6
Hanuman Murti in Shimla
Hanuman
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
108 ft
7
Kagyu Monastery
Buddha
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
107 ft
8
Hanuman in Nandura
Hanuman
Nandura, Maharashtra
105 ft
9
Shiva of the Har-ki-Pauri
Shiva
Haridwar, Uttarakhand
100 ft
10
Chinmaya Ganadhish
Ganesha
Kolhapur, Maharashtra
85 ft

10| Chinmaya Ganadhish, Kolhapur, Maharastra - 85 ft

Chinmaya Ganadhish, Kolhapur
Chinmaya Ganadhish, Kolhapur | Source

So do you wonder where is the largest Ganesh idol. No its not in Mumbai, nor in Pune, it is in Kolhapur!

The colorful looking Ganesha statue depicts the lord in the most usual form with four hands and a five-headed snake.

9| Shiva of the Har ki Pauri, Haridwar, Uttarakhand - 100 ft

Shiva Statue, Har Ki Pauri
Shiva Statue, Har Ki Pauri | Source

Har ki Pauri is a famous ghat on the banks of the holy river Ganga. This is one of the places where scores of devotees of Shiva come to take His blessings.

The statue depicts showing Shiva with a trishul in a hand and the other hand for showering blessings to the devotees. Truly a sight to see!

8| Hanuman in Nandura, Maharashtra - 105 ft

Hanuman, Nandura, Maharashtra
Hanuman, Nandura, Maharashtra | Source

Nandura is a town much known for the Hanuman statue than anything else. Being close to the National highway and the rail lines, you never know you might someday unknowingly see the statue while you are travelling through the dusty lanes of this town.

The statue is 32 meters high and it feels heavenly to witness the gigantic sculpture.

7| Standing Buddha, Kagyu Monastery, Dehradun - 107 ft

Buddha Statue, Kagyu Monastery
Buddha Statue, Kagyu Monastery

Presently the tallest Buddha statue in India. The statue is located in a town known as Clement, in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. It is located at Kagyu Monastery near the Mindrolling centre, actually pronounced as minhdrohlyn, meaning Place of Perfect Emancipation.

The statue was build by Ven. Ga Rinpoche. The place is now one of the major centers of Buddhist education.

Big Thanks to Mr. Lodoe and Vijay Negi for correcting the information. Appreciate your comments.

6| Hanuman Murti, Shimla - 108 ft

Hanuman at Shimla
Hanuman at Shimla | Source

Sculpted to perfection the Hanuman statue is a recent creation which was completed in 2010.The statue can actually be seen from many parts of Shimla and is a further boost to the tourism of Himachal Pradesh.

Also according to legends this is the place where Hanuman stopped and asked Acharya Drona about the magical herb Sanjiveeni to save Laxman.

5| Statue of Padmasambhava, Namchi, Sikkim - 118 ft

Guru Rinpoche, Namchi, Sikkim
Guru Rinpoche, Namchi, Sikkim | Source

Another statue of Guru Rinpoche located in Namchi in Sikkim also founds a mention in the list. The place is famous among Buddhist and is one of the major pilgrimage center in Sikkim.

The statue was opened for public in 2004 and the tourist visiting the place have since then only increased.

4| Shiva of Murudeshwara, Karnataka - 122 ft

Shiva of Murudeshwar, Karnataka
Shiva of Murudeshwar, Karnataka | Source

The lord Shiva's statue at the banks of the Arabian sea in the town of Murudeshwar, Andhra Pradesh. The town's name is because of the statue itself. This is also the largest Shiva statue in India and the second largest in the world, first one being in Nepal.

There is also a temple nearby dedicated to lord Shiva and the whole area makes for some good photography session. And if you are painter then don't forget to bring your canvas.

3| Statue of Padmasambhava, Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh - 123 ft

Statue of Guru Rinpoche, Rewalsar
Statue of Guru Rinpoche, Rewalsar | Source

Also known as the second Buddha, Guru Rinpoche helped preached and spread Buddhism in Tibet and Bhutan. At 123 ft it is the second largest statue which is located in Himachal Pradesh near the Rewalsar lake. The statue is nearly 4,000 feet above sea level.

There are also some Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples near the Rewalsar lake. The place is frequented by Buddhist and Hindus.

2| Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu - 133 ft

Thiruvalluvar statue, Kanyakumari
Thiruvalluvar statue, Kanyakumari | Source

Our very own "Statue of Liberty", the setting of the statue seems similar to the one in New York. Located in the middle of a small island in Kanyakumari where the Bay of Bengal, Indian ocean, and the Arabian sea meet.

The statue is of ancient poet and philosopher which just illuminates at the night because of the giant lights installed in front of it. Seeing from a distance won't suffice you, go visit the magnificent wonder.

1| Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami, Hyderabad - 135 ft

Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami, Paritala, Hyderabad
Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami, Paritala, Hyderabad | Source

This statue of Hanuman is located in a small village in the Krishna district near to Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. The statue is the largest statue in India and also the largest Hanuman statue anywhere in the world.

The tall standing Hanuman statue was completed in 2003 and attracts many tourist both foreigners as well as domestic.

These were the biggest statues in India.

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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Wonderful article with apt photos. Congrats. But I may point out one error crept in here. Murudeshwara is not in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is in Karnataka near Bhatkal town on the Konkan coast. You can check my hub on Murudeshwara for more details.


Yogeshwaran Thangavel 3 years ago

Please change the height of the Thiruvalluvar statue in kanyakumari. This statue 133 feet tall and represents the 133 topics in Thirukkural.


Chinni143Chinnu 3 years ago

Hello to all.

Here is my request...

Pease carve a LORD GANESHA'S STATUE from the most best of the most best hard stones. Bring the most best hardest stone from any part of the galaxy to Andhra Pradesh in India. The statue height must be 3333 feet height ( three thousand three hundred and thirty three feet height). Please plant this statue in Andhra Pradesh. May Lord Ganesha bless the whole world. I love Lord Ganesha.

By Rajesh a devotee of lord Ganesh.

Om sri KANIPAKA VINAYAKA NAMAHA.


Rajesh 3 years ago

Please carve a LORD GANESHA STATUE from the best of the best stones. Bring that most best hardest stone from any part of the galaxy to Andhra Pradesh in India. The statue height must be 3333 feet height ( three thousand three hundred and thirty three feet height). May lord GANESHA BLESS the whole world. I love Lord Ganesha.


sara 3 years ago

Where is the bigest statue of lord krishna standing on five head snake ??


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Mathi Vathani 3 years ago from brisbane

The hub is really good...thanks for the share....and tiruvalluvar statue is 133 feet tall. It would be nice if u could change it....


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worldtravelexpert 3 years ago from London, UK

Can't wait until my India trip at the start of 2014!


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rambansal 3 years ago from India

The largeness of statues has no limit. But humanity, particularly Indians must rethink on the waste of resources related to religions which decimate human spirit.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Those pictures are amazing.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Interesting and informative hub. Thanks for sharing. Shared and votes all up way.


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srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

kannanwrites, Thanks for sharing the largest statues in India. I have seen only one which is of Lord Buddha at Dehra Dun. It is really great and attracts many tourists. I am sure the other fantastic large statues may also be having a lot many people visiting them. Appreciated, voted up and shared.


kk 3 years ago

Thiruvalluvar statue,kanyakumari height is 133 ft representing 133 chapters in thirukkural.please correct it.


C.T Manjunath 4 years ago

A 108-foot tall statue of 12th century social reformer Basavanna, which is said to be one of its kind in the world, will be dedicated to the public on October 28. The giant statue has been built at Basavakalyan in Bidar district by the Basava Dharma Peetha, headed by Mate Mahadevi.

It has taken eight long years for sculptor Sridhar Murthy of Shimoga to complete the statue, which is built on a platform 80 feet wide and 24 feet high. Besides the main sculptor, around 60 skilled labourers are said to have toiled daily for 2,900 days to create the statue. The platform is situated on a hillock and the statue stands 182 ft above the ground level.

When the work was started in 2004, the cost was estimated at Rs 1 crore, but, so far, the Basava Dharma Peetha has spent Rs 6 crore on the project. The statue is said to have consumed 300 tons of steel and 16,000 bags of cement besides huge quantities of sand and other materials.

The platform is a two-storey structure with a facility for screening a 3-D sound and light film depicting 32 main events in the life of Basavanna. This is said to have been built on the line of the one at Teen Murti Bhavan in New Delhi.

According to Channa-basavananda Swamiji of Basava Dharma Peetha, the statue has been built with a view to draw international attention to the unique Vachana literature which spread the message of equality. “During the 12th century, Basavanna and 770 Shivasharanas lived at Basavaklayan and set up the first parliament of the world –Anubhava Mantap. After the Kalyana kranti, the Shivasharanas left Basavakalyan and most of the caves, including the Anubhava Mantap, are in a dilapidated state. With a view to restore the past glory, Mate Mahadevi has undertaken the project”, the Swamiji explained.

Besides the statue, there is also a cave built for Basavanna, another for Akka Mahadevi, which are 500 meters deep inside the hillock, and a Sharana Grama (village of saints) at Basavakalyan.


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kannanwrites 4 years ago from Mumbai Author

@Lodoe Thanks for pointing the mistake. I've corrected the information.


lodoe 4 years ago

serial no. 6 buddha statue at clement town is not Belong or build by Mindrolling monastery please give right imformation! Statue was build by Ven. Ga Rinpoche, Kargyud Monastery near our monastery. I am a mindrolling Monk,


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carlarmes 4 years ago from Bournemouth, England

WOW, can we have some for the UK. Very impressive.


Kamal Bhattarai (Sikkim) 4 years ago

another Big Status in Sikkim, Visit once


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kannanwrites 4 years ago from Mumbai Author

@Vijay Negi My research says it's in Mindrolling monastery. The image used to represent it has also been sourced from the official website of Mindrolling.


Vijay Negi 4 years ago

The Standing Buddha at Dehradun is Kagyu Monastery not of mindrolling monastery.


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Darkmetaly 4 years ago from Iceland Höfn í Hornafirði.

the attention to detail on these statues is astounding. a lovely hub.


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