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MP Cabinet gives in-principle approval for 108-feet tall statue of Adi Shankaracharya in Omkareshwar

The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on yesterday approved the construction of a 108-feet tall statue of the 8th century Indian philosopher Adi Shankaracharya, a museum dedicated to him and an International Advaita Vedanta Sansthan at Omkareshwar, reports Shruti Tomar for HT.

Addressing the press, State Home Minister Narottam Mishra said, “The Cabinet has given in-principle approval of budget INR 2141.85 crore for the construction of the Statue of Oneness, museum and the institute.”

Madhya Pradesh’s Culture and Tourism Department has decided to build a multi-metal statue of Shankaracharya on Mandhata Parvat hill facing the River Narmada.

“The Statue of Oneness will be placed on a 27-feet high lotus petal base over a 54 feet-high pedestal. The sole height of the statue from the base i.e. paduka till the apex will be 108 feet,” said Sheo Shekhar Shukla, Principal Secretary, Culture and Tourism Department.

“In Acharya Shankar Museum, the life and philosophy of Acharya Shankar will be displayed through the most modern & innovative ways. All structures will have visible imprints of Indian culture along with traditional Indian art & architecture. The proposed Acharya Shankar International Institute of Advaita-Vedant will be the centre of learning & experience for Advaita Vedanta,” he added.

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