Are you still thinking that the tallest statue of Shiva is in the gardens near Bhaktapur on the road to Dulikkhel, Nepal? And that’s long gone, because the Nepali statue, with its height of just 43.5 metres, lost the top spot in this category to Shiva from Nathdwara (Rajasthan, India) in 2020. The Rajasthan sculpture is called ‘Statue of Belief’ and has a colossal height of 351 feet or 107 metres.
The statue of Shiva began to be designed in 2011, and construction began in 2016, only to be completed in 2020. It is a multi-layered structure with a steel frame, a concrete base, and a top zinc coating treated with copper. “The Statue of Faith” is not afraid of earthquakes and gale force winds. It is expected to last at least 250 years.
Many Indian geniuses and patrons were involved in the creation of the project. The idea came from Madan Paliwal (chairman of Miraj Group Udaipur), the concept was developed by Maturam Art, the structural design was created by Skeleton Consultants, and the construction was entrusted to Shapoorji Pallonji E&C. The structure cost about Rs 3 billion to construct.