Dehradun: The 12 feet tall statue of guru and philosopher Adi Shankaracharya which is slated to be installed in Kedarnath this month will reach Gauchar on June 25
Thanking the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Tirath Singh Rawat said, “This is a moment of great honour for all of us as we welcome the life-size statue of Guru Adi Shankaracharya in our state. The sculptors of Mysore have done a formidable job and have completed this beautiful statue in record time.”
Honorable Tourism Minister Uttarakhand Shri Satpal Maharaaz said, “Shankaracharya’s philosophy inspires us to live a life with spiritual attainment under the fold of Sanatan Dharma. The Mathas established by him are the epitome of Advaita Vedanta philosophy. The installation of the statue in Kedarnath is a moment of great pride for all of us and will further motivate us to adopt his teachings for a meaningful and better life.”
Secretary Tourism Uttarakhand Shri Dilip Jawalkar said, “The Samadhi was destroyed in the 2013 flash flood that hit Kedarnath. I would like to thank Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Jindal Steel Works for their generous efforts towards rebuilding the monument. We are firm that this establishment will not only manifest the belief of devotees on the teachings of this great sage but will also help in getting further tourist footfalls in the state.”
It is pertinent to mention that the 12 feet, 35 tonne statue is sculpted by a Mysore – based sculptor Arjun Yogiraj. He is a fifth generation sculptor and inherits the art from his father. He was selected to make the statue by PMO last year and commence the work in the month of September, 2020. The statue is made up of Chlorite Schist Stone which has been earlier used at Belur and Halebid Temples also. It is known to withstand rain, sunshine and harsh climate of Kedarnath.