In a momentous ceremony, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan unveiled a colossal 108-foot statue of the 8th-century Hindu philosopher and saint, Adi Shankaracharya. This monumental sculpture, named “Ekatmata Ki Pratima” or the “Statue of Oneness,” stands as a remarkable tribute to the enduring legacy and profound teachings of one of India’s greatest spiritual luminaries.
Situated on the picturesque banks of the Narmada River in Omkareshwar, approximately 80 kilometers away from the bustling city of Indore, the awe-inspiring multi-metal sculpture rests on a majestic 54-foot-high pedestal. Its towering presence against the backdrop of the tranquil riverbanks is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
During the inauguration, Chouhan shared a video of himself offering prayers at the site. In his message, he expressed the spiritual significance of the occasion, saying, “There is auspiciousness and auspiciousness only in the feet of Acharya Shankar, animated with spiritual energy. The sun of welfare for the entire world lies in the auspicious thoughts of Advaita.”
Adi Shankaracharya’s teachings, centered around Advaita Vedanta, emphasized the existence of only one Brahma in every living being. His profound philosophy served as a cultural foundation that united India, which was in a state of cultural disintegration at the time. Shankaracharya’s journey from his birthplace in Kerala to Omkareshwar, where he gained knowledge at the age of 12, spans over 1,600 kilometers through dense forests. His quest for knowledge and spiritual awakening led him to a Guru in Omkareshwar, and from there, he continued his journey to Kashi (Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh).
The Madhya Pradesh BJP government’s ambitious project allocated a budget of Rs 2,141.85 crores for the construction of the Adi Shankaracharya statue and the establishment of a museum in Omkareshwar. This significant investment reflects the state’s deep commitment to preserving and showcasing its rich cultural and spiritual heritage.
The “Ekatmata Ki Pratima” not only stands as a towering monument but also serves as a symbol of unity, spirituality, and reverence for the teachings of Adi Shankaracharya. It reminds us of the profound impact of his philosophy in uniting a culturally diverse nation and continues to inspire generations with its message of oneness and spiritual enlightenment.