Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 112-foot tall Lord Shiva statue or ‘Adiyogi’ at Isha Foundation in Coimbatore on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri.

The statue was consecrated by Isha Foundation founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Earlier in the day PM Modi had wished the countrymen a happy ‘Maha Shivaratri’.

 

As per reports, PM Modi lit the sacred fire to commence the ‘Maha Yoga Yagna’ across the world, while one million people took an oath to teach a simple form of yoga to at least 100 persons in the coming year.

 

The statue is around 500 tonnes in terms of weight and it took a time span of 2.5 years to build the statue.

 

Appropriate security measures were taken ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit. As per reports, a five-tier security blanket has been put in place in and around the city as well as near the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border for the event.

Police sources revealed that as the venue was on the Western Ghats and also close to the mountain ranges in Kerala, additional police personnel would be deployed along the state borders to prevent possible infiltration of extremists and Maoists.

First Published | 24 February 2017 8:01 PM
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