Idol number 1
Kailashnath Mahadev, Sanga, District Bhaktapur (Nepal)
Height 45 meters, about 143 feet
The tallest statue of Shiva in the world is located in the Chittapol Sanga district of Bhaktapur in Nepal. The construction of this idol in Khadi Mudra began in 2004 and in 2010 the statue was completed and was unveiled on 21 June 2011.
This idol was built by Dhanraj Jain family at a cost of about 11 crores. Mr. Manuram Verma and Naresh Kumar Varma were sculptors. It is wonderful to see the vastness of this temple.
Idol number 2
Shiva idol, Murudeshwara (Karnataka, India)
Height 37 m, about 123 feet
The world’s second number Shiva statue is located on the banks of the Arabian Sea. This entire region is called Murudeshwara. The statue of Shiva installed outside the Murudeshwar temple in the sitting posture is 37 meters, ie about 123 feet.
Murudeshwar is a town on the banks of the Arabian Sea in the Bhatkal tehsil of Uttara Kannada district in the state of Karnataka, South India. Surrounded by water on three sides on Kanduka hill, this Mududeshwara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Atmalinga of Lord Shiva is established here, which is related to the Ramayana period.
According to the belief, when Ravana was pleased to take immortality of Lord Shiva, his soul was taken to Lanka with him, then it was established on the way due to the placing of self-immolation on earth.
Idol number 3
Mangal Mahadev (Mauritius)
Height 33 meters, about 108 feet
This unique statue of Shiva has been installed in a standing posture near the Ganges Lake in Mauritius. Almost the same tall statue is located on the banks of the Ganges in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. This idol of Allahabad is in sitting posture. Apart from this, another idol of similar height is located in Namchi area, 92 km from Gangtok District Headquarters in the Indian state of Sikkim, known as Siddheshwar Dham and Kirateshwar Mahadev.
The Ganges pond or lake is also called the Grand Basin. It is located in the middle of Mauritius as a lake pit in the remote mountainous region of Savne district. It is 1,800 feet above sea level. The first group of pilgrims to visit the Ganges pond was from the village of Triolet and was led in 1898 by Pandit Giri Gosain of Terre Rouse.
It is considered to be the holiest site in Mauritius and Lord Shiva’s temple is situated on the banks of the lake. On Shivaratri, many devotees in Mauritius walk barefoot from their homes to the lake.
Idol number 4
Har ki Pauri, Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India)
Height 30.5 m, about 100 feet
This idol has been installed near Har ki Pauri on the banks of river Ganges in Haridwar. This idol is in standing posture while the idol of Rishikesh near Haridwar is in sitting posture. It is said that due to the flood, the idol of Rishikesh got washed away in the water.
Har ki Pauri is one of the most sacred ghats in India. It is said that this ghat was built by Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhatruhari. Here, Ganga Aarti is performed with thousands of lamps every evening. The temple of Manasadevi is built on the top of Balwa mountain behind Har Ki Pauri. There is a walkway to the temple. There is also a ropeway to the temple.
Idol number 5
Shivgiri Mahadev, Bijapur, Shivpur (Karnataka)
Altitude 26 m, approximately 85 feet
This giant statue of Shivgiri Mahadev is about 85 feet high, which was installed in 2006 at Shivpur place in Bijapur district. This seated statue of Shiva has been installed in 2011.
Shiva idol number 6
Nageshwar Mahadev, Darukavan (Gujarat)
Height 25 m, 82 ft
Out of the 12 Jyotirlingas, Gujarat has 2 Jyotirlingas – one Somnath Mahadev and the other Nageshwar Mahadev. This temple was very small at first, but later the temple was given a grand look by Gulshan Kumar, the creator of T series.
The huge statue of Lord Shiva outside the temple courtyard is 82 feet high from the ground floor and 25 feet wide in width. An idol of similar height is also installed in Omkareshwar, Madhya Pradesh. Onkareshwar has 1 linga out of the 12 Jyotirlingas, here is also the temple of Mamaleshwar Mahadev.
Idol number 7
Kachnar Mahadev, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)
Height 76 feet
The statue, situated near the Shiva temple in Kachnar town of Jabalpur district, Madhya Pradesh, is 76 feet in height. Only 12 replicas of Jyotirlingas have been made here. Jabalpur is famous for Bhedaghat Water Fall, 64 Yogini Temple and Kanha National Park.
Idol number 8
Camp Fort Shiv Murti, Airport Road, Bangalore (Karnataka)
Height 65 feet
This 65 feet tall statue was established in 1995. In this statue Lord Shiva sits in the state of Padmasana. In the backdrop of this idol is Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva and the flowing Ganges River.
Idol number 9
Belishwar Mahadev, Bhanjanagar, District Ganjam (Odisha)
Height 61 feet
The statue, located near the Chandrasekhar Mahadev temple in Bhanjanagar in the Indian state of Odisha, is about 61 feet in height. The statue was unveiled on 6 March 2013.