How Shapoorji Pallonji E&C applied its engineering genius to create an awe-inspiring statue
Nathdwara near Udaipur in Rajasthan is famous for the Shrinathji Temple. This holy town now boasts a 351 feet (107m) tall statue of the trident-wielding, stoic, and compassionate Lord Shiva - the largest Shiva statue in the world and amongst the five largest statues in the world. With the recent completion of its construction, devotees now have yet another reason to visit Nathdwara.
Envisioning the Statue
The Shiva Statue, also known as the ‘Statue of Belief’, was envisioned by Madan Paliwal, Chairman of Miraj Group, Udaipur. He conceptualised a giant statue of Lord Shiva built on Ganesh Tekri, a hillock in Nathdwara. His vision also included putting Nathdwara on the tourist map of the world. The concept was further developed by renowned studio Maturam Art that designed the 351 feet high statue, while the structural design was rendered by Skeleton Consultants. The construction contract for the statue and other amenities in the complex was awarded to Shapoorji Pallonji E&C, and the work started in early 2016.