INDIA, September 13, 2023 (NDTV): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will inaugurate a 108-foot-tall statue of Adi Shankaracharya in the temple town of Omkareshwar on September 18. Omkareshwar is famous for being home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, which are sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The towering structure has been named Ekatmata Ki Pratima (statue of oneness). According to a government release, ongoing efforts are focused on transforming Omkareshwar, situated approximately 50 miles from Indore, into a prominent hub for the Advaita Vedanta philosophy advocated by Adi Shankaracharya, with the aim of attracting global attention to this spiritual and philosophical tradition.

The 108-foot-tall multi-metal statue portrays Adi Shankaracharya as a 12-year-old boy. Born in present-day Kerala, Adi Shankaracharya is believed to have reached Omkareshwar after becoming a sanyasi (monk) at a very young age, where he met his guru Govind Bhagwadpad, stayed in the religious city for four years, and attained education. According to his religious beliefs, he left Omkareshwar at the age of 12 and traveled across the country spreading the Advaita Vedanta philosophy and explaining its tenets to people.