ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Arts and Design»
  • Sculpture, Statues & Carving

Top 20 Largest/Biggest Statues of India

Updated on September 17, 2017
kannanwrites profile image

Kannan loves to travel and explore new places. Be it in his home city Mumbai or faraway places. He believes in travelling on a budget.

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

India is 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 ten statues of Hanuman, four of Lord Shiva and Buddha, and two of Guru Rinpoche.

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 (790 ft) is coming in Gujarat. The would become the largest statue of the world surpassing Buddha Statue of Spring temple in China. Another one such proposed structure is of Shivaji Maharaj (620 ft) in Mumbai. Recently the Government of Maharashtra also laid the foundation stone of Statue of Equality showing Dr. Ambedkar will be taller than the Statue of Liberty.

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 the betterment of the society.

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

Summary

(click column header to sort results)
Serial No.  
Statue  
Shows  
Place  
Hieght  
1
Statue of Unity (Upcoming)
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Vadodara, Gujarat
790 ft
2
Shiv Smarak (Upcoming)
Shivaji Maharaj
Mumbai, Maharashtra
620 ft
3
Statue of Equality (Upcoming)
Babasaheb Ambedkar
Mumbai, Maharashtra
350 ft
4
Statue of Equality, Hyderabad (Upcoming)
Sri Ramanujacharya Swamy
Samshabad, Hyderabad, Telangana
260 ft
5
Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami
Hanuman
Paritala, Andhra Pradesh
135 ft
6
Thiruvalluvar Statue
Thiruvalluvar
Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
133 ft
7
Buddha Park of Ravangla
Buddha
Ravangla, Sikkim
130 ft
8
Dhyana Buddha statue
Buddha
Amaravathi (village), Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh
125 ft
9
Statue of Padmasambhava
Guru Rinpoche
Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh
123 ft
10
Shiva of Murudeshwara
Shiva
Murudeshwara, Karnataka
122 ft
11
Statue of Padmasambhava
Guru Rinpoche
Namchi, Sikkim
118 ft
12
Adiyogi Shiva statue
Shiva
Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
112 ft
13
Basavakalyana Statue
Basavanna
Bidar, Karnataka
108 ft
13
Hanuman Murti in Shimla
Hanuman
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
108 ft
13
Statue Of Ahimsa
Rishabhanatha
Nashik, Maharashtra
108 ft
13
Adinatha of Palitana
Adinatha
Palitana, Bhavnagar, Gujarat
108 ft
13
Sankat Mochan
Hanuman
Karol Bagh, Delhi
108 ft
14
Kagyu Monastery
Buddha
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
107 ft
15
Hanuman in Nandura
Hanuman
Nandura, Maharashtra
105 ft
15
Maitreya Buddha
Buddha
Diskit Monastery, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
105 ft
15
Hanumat Dham
Hanuman
Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh
105 ft
16
Hanuman Temple
Hanuman
Agara, Bangalore
102 ft
17
Shiva of the Har-ki-Pauri
Shiva
Haridwar, Uttarakhand
100 ft
17
Chattarpur Mandir
Hanuman
Chattarpur, Delhi
100 ft
18
Abhaya Anjaneya Swamy
Hanuman
Abbirajupalem, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh
99 ft
19
Shree Hanuman Dham
Hanuman
Kiratpur, Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh
90 ft
20
Chinmaya Ganadhish
Ganesha
Kolhapur, Maharashtra
85 ft
20
Shivgiri
Shiva
Bijapur, Karnataka
85 ft
20
Adinatha of Bawangaja
Adinatha
Barwani, Madhya Pradesh
85 ft

20| (Joint) Adinatha of Bawangaja - Barwani, Madhya Pradesh - 85 ft

Lord Adinatha standing tall in the Satpura mountains
Lord Adinatha standing tall in the Satpura mountains | Source

This is the oldest statue in the list and was built in the 12th century. Carved out of a single rock and supported from back is located in the famous centers of Jain worship known as Bawangaja.

The statue depicts Lord Rishabhanatha or Adinatha who is the founder of Jainism. Located at the height of 4000 feet it will mesmerize you once you see it.

20| (Joint) Shivgiri, Bijapur, Karnataka - 85 ft

The beautiful Shiva statue is worth a visit if you are in the historic city of Bijapur
The beautiful Shiva statue is worth a visit if you are in the historic city of Bijapur | Source

The god of creation, destruction, and regeneration sits peacefully at Shivapur in Bijapur district of Karnataka. This sleepy town came into life once the statue was completed and it is now becoming a place which attracts many tourists. This was inaugurated on the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri on 26th Feb 2006.

20| (Joint) 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.

19| Shree Hanuman Dham, Kiratpur, Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh - 90 ft

The colorfully designed murti in Kiratpur
The colorfully designed murti in Kiratpur | Source

Ram bhakt Hanuman in his trademark pose showing Ram-Sita in his heart. The craftsmanship of this sculpture is commendable and the colors make this come into life of its own.

This list has 10 statues of Hanuman which goes on to show the devotion among the people to Lord Hanuman.

18| Abhaya Anjaneya Swamy, Abbirajupalem, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh - 99 ft

Standing atop the small temple in the village of Abbirajupalem. This is a new addition to the list and the construction was completed in 2013.

17| (Joint) 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 Shiva with a Trishul in a hand and the other hand for showering blessings to the devotees. Truly a sight to see!

17| (Joint) Chattarpur Temple, Delhi - 100 ft

The sky touching statue of Hanuman
The sky touching statue of Hanuman | Source

The Chattarpur temple is one of the most famous temples in Delhi. This is the second largest temple in Delhi which is spread over 60 acres of area.

16| Hanuman Temple, Agara village, Bangalore - 102 feet

Jai Jai Jai Hanuman
Jai Jai Jai Hanuman | Source

One more magnificently carved Hanuman statue. Unlike many other in this list this has an ancient touch showing South Indian prowess. The structure shows that it is built keeping in mind traditions from South. The light bluish color with the striking red is a sight to watch.

15| (Joint) 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 traveling through the dusty lanes of this town.

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

15| (Joint) Maitreya Buddha, Diskit Monastery, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir - 105 ft

Located near the Nubra valley this was completed in 2010. According to the temple trust the statue promotes world peace, protection of the Diskit village, and prevention of further war with Pakistan.

15| (Joint) Hanumat Dham, Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh - 105 ft

The town of Shahjahanpur brings us one more tallest statue that India has of Lord Hanuman.

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

Buddha Statue, Kagyu Monastery
Buddha Statue, Kagyu Monastery | Source

The statue is located in the 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 built 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.

13| (Joint) 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.

13| (Joint) Basavakalyana Statue, Bidar, Karnataka - 108 ft

This is the worlds tallest statue of Basavanna
This is the worlds tallest statue of Basavanna | Source

Basavanna was born in the 12th century who was known for his Shiv Bhakti and was an ardent follower of Shiva. This is the world's tallest statue of Basavanna paying tribute to his teachings.

13| (Joint) Statue Of Ahimsa, Nashik, Maharashtra - 108 ft

This is the tallest Jain statue in the world depicting  first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhanatha.
This is the tallest Jain statue in the world depicting first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhanatha. | Source

The religion of Jain is known for its non-violence way of living life. So much so that Mahatma Gandhi was one of the many people who adopted its teachings. This statue, aptly known as Statue of Ahimsa which is the tallest Jain statue in the world. This reinforces the way of ahimsa among its followers.

13| (Joint) Adinatha of Palitana, Bhavnagar, Gujarat - 108 ft

This statue is located at Palitana which is considered as the holiest pilgrimage places for Jains.
This statue is located at Palitana which is considered as the holiest pilgrimage places for Jains. | Source

The pilgrim town of Palitana's major attraction is the 108 feet statue of Rishabhanattha. The golden color shining statue along with the triangular support depicting various other gurus is the most revered among Jains.

13| (Joint) Sankat Mochan, Karol Bagh, Delhi - 108 ft

This statue, of late, has become a trademark in the introduction of Delhi. This is located near the Jhandewalan metro station and is among the must visit places of Delhi. Watch the short video which shows the automatically moving hands showing Sita and Ram.

At 108 feet this is the tallest statue in Delhi.

12| Adiyogi Shiva statue, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - 112 ft

Depicting Lord Shiva as the first Yogi
Depicting Lord Shiva as the first Yogi | Source

This is the tallest one in Tamil Nadu. Inaugurated in 2017 this shows Lord Shiva as the first yogi. Shiva is known as the creator of Yoga.

According to yoga, there are 112 ways to gain moksha hence the height of this is kept at 112 feet.

11| 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.

10| 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 a painter then don't forget to bring your canvas.

9| 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.

8| Dhyana Buddha statue, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh - 125 ft

Buddha sitting in the pose of tranquility and peace.
Buddha sitting in the pose of tranquility and peace. | Source

Besides the statue it houses a museum that has various other sculptures signifying Buddhism. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism board has also announced a theme park in front of the statue which is scheduled to be completed in 2018 for public viewing.

7| Tathagata Tsal, Buddha Park of Ravangla, Sikkim - 130 ft

One of the tallest sitting statues of Gautam Buddha in the world
One of the tallest sitting statues of Gautam Buddha in the world | Source

Presently the tallest Buddha statue in India. Unveiled in 2013 this is in the Rabong Gompa monastery which is considered as a pilgrim centers in Buddhism.

6| 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.

5| 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 tourists both foreigners as well as domestic.

4| Statue of Equality, Ramanuja, Hyderabad (Upcoming), Telangana - 216 ft

An artist's impression of the statue depicting Sri Ramanujacharya Swamy ji in Dhyan pose.
An artist's impression of the statue depicting Sri Ramanujacharya Swamy ji in Dhyan pose. | Source

Marking the 1000th anniversary of Sri Ramanuja Swamy. This is scheduled to be completed in 2017. As I write construction is going on to meet the deadline.

3| Statue of Equality, Ambedkar (Upcoming), Mumbai, Maharashtra, 350 ft

This upcoming statue of Dr. Ambedkar will be located in the middle of Mumbai city at Dadar.
This upcoming statue of Dr. Ambedkar will be located in the middle of Mumbai city at Dadar. | Source

Dr. Ambedkar was a pioneer and champion of many things. The creator of Constitution of India is admired by many across India. The creation of this is a fitting tribute to him by his followers supported by the government.

2| Shiv Smarak (Upcoming), Mumbai, Maharashtra - 620 ft

A replicated model of the Shiv Smarak which will be built in the Arabian sea on a manmade island
A replicated model of the Shiv Smarak which will be built in the Arabian sea on a manmade island | Source

Go visit any place in India from north to south you are bound to find a Shivaji statue. There is massive respect of the greatest Maratha warrior king Shivaji all over India.

To bring to terms this structure will be coming up in the middle of the Arabian sea. The visibility factor will be huge. You will be able to see this if you are at the Marine drive, or at Worli seaface, or from the Gateway of India, or even from Bandra Bandstand or Juhu beach.

1| Statue of Unity (Upcoming), Vadodara, Gujarat - 790 ft

The pet project of Narendra Modi showcasing one of the tallest leaders that the Indian Independence movement has seen. Sardar Vallabbhai Patel was a statesman and the first Deputy Prime Minister of India.

The statue is scheduled to be completed by 2018 and it will be the biggest statue in the world once completed. I have no doubts that this will be indeed completed as the Prime Minister himself has said time and again that the statue will glorify the persona of the Iron Man of India.

When we compare this from the other tall statues this is what I can say:

  • This will be six times bigger than Christ The Redeemer (125 ft) of Brazil.
  • This will be more than twice as bigger than the Statue of Liberty (305 ft) of New York, USA.
  • This will be twice as bigger as the tallest statue in the world today, Spring Temple Buddha (420 ft).

Statues are like modern day heritage structures. Down the line say 50 years from now these will be part of our rich heritage.

An artist impression of the statue which shows Sardar Vallabbhai Patel in a standing pose.
An artist impression of the statue which shows Sardar Vallabbhai Patel in a standing pose. | Source

The Making Of The World's Tallest Statue : Statue Of Unity

Most Number of Statues

Depicting
Total
Hanuman
10
Shiva
4
Buddha
4
Rishabhanatha
3
Guru Rinpoche
2

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile image

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 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.

    • profile image

      Yogeshwaran Thangavel 4 years ago

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

    • profile image

      Chinni143Chinnu 4 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.

    • profile image

      Rajesh 4 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.

    • profile image

      sara 4 years ago

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

    • Mathi Vathani profile image

      Mathivathani Sakthivel 4 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....

    • worldtravelexpert profile image

      Kirsty Stuart 4 years ago from London, UK

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

    • rambansal profile image

      Ram Bansal 4 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.

    • truthfornow profile image

      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Those pictures are amazing.

    • dghbrh profile image

      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

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

    • srsddn profile image

      srsddn 4 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.

    • profile image

      kk 4 years ago

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

    • profile image

      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.

    • kannanwrites profile image
      Author

      Kannan Reddy 5 years ago from Mumbai

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

    • profile image

      lodoe 5 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,

    • carlarmes profile image

      carlarmes 5 years ago from Bournemouth, England

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

    • profile image

      Kamal Bhattarai (Sikkim) 5 years ago

      another Big Status in Sikkim, Visit once

    • kannanwrites profile image
      Author

      Kannan Reddy 5 years ago from Mumbai

      @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.

    • profile image

      Vijay Negi 5 years ago

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

    • Darkmetaly profile image

      Daníel Guðmundsson 5 years ago from Iceland Höfn í Hornafirði.

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

    • profile image

      Penjo 5 years ago

      Nice collection..

    • kannanwrites profile image
      Author

      Kannan Reddy 5 years ago from Mumbai

      @bethperry Thanks for stopping by, you are most welcome in India.

    • bethperry profile image

      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      Oh how gorgeous they all are! I would just love to visit every one of them. Thanks for posting!

    • kannanwrites profile image
      Author

      Kannan Reddy 5 years ago from Mumbai

      @Anishpat I loved writing this one. Thanks for the encouraging word.

      @GoGreenTips Hey you are always welcome in India. Great you loved the snaps.

    • GoGreenTips profile image

      Greg Johnson 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Really interesting! I absolutely loved the pictures they were beautiful! I wish I could see these in person...It would be truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

    • Anishpat profile image

      Anish Patel 5 years ago from San Francisco + Mumbai

      Great Information! Thanks for the hub!