Best wishes to everyone on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi!
We had seen it from far while driving around Kolhapur. But we never knew that it was the tallest Ganesh idol in the world!
The 66-feet Chinmaya Ganadhish idol in Kolhapur is at present considered to be the tallest Ganesha idol in the world. The idol sits on 24-feet Dhyana Nilayam (Meditation room). Thus the statue is 90 feet from the ground level. This tall Ganapati is a permanent statue unlike the idols created during Ganesh Chaturthi.
Sculptured as mentioned in the Shastras (scriptures), the Ganesh idol is made up of concrete (cement) and weighs around 800 metric tonnes. The idol was completed in 18 months and nearly 50 skilled workers were involved in the construction along with scores of Chinmaya volunteers and Ganesha devotees. The statue was erected in November 2001 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee year of the Chinmaya Mission. It is located at the Chinmaya Sandeepany Ashram, Toap –Sambhapur, Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
|The idol as seen from a distance.
|A close up shot
When you travel to Kolhapur next time, don’t miss to visit this place.
Ganapathi Bappa Moriya!
Photo Courtesy – Google Images
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