Adi Shankaracharya was an Indian philosopher and theologian whose works had a strong impact on the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta.
Mysore: The statue of Adi Shankaracharya, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled on Friday (November 5) at the premises of the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, took nine months of continuous work from Arun Yogiraj, the artist behind the 3D sculpture.
The 12-feet statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya was made from Chlorite Schist Stone, which is known to withstand rain, sunshine and harsh climate.
The Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya has been reconstructed after its destruction in the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.
While speaking to ANI, Arun Yogiraj, an artist from Mysore, said that a team of seven sculptors worked continuously for nine months, around 14-15 hours a day.
"It was my privilege to sculpt the statue of Adi Shankaracharya at Kedarnath. The process started in August 2020 and I was selected to make a sculpture by JSW. Before that, I made a model of two feet. It was presented in front of the Prime Minister in September 2020. There were four-five models brought from all over India. Among those, my model was selected and I got a call to make a 12 feet statue of Adi Shankaracharya."
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the artist said, "It was one of the happiest moments of my whole carrier that my work will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister. I am very happy that he dedicated the statue to the people of India. It is such an honour and I am thankful to the Prime Minister."
He further said that the sculptors concentrated on a 360 degrees view of the statue and gave importance to structure, posture, gesture, realistic part, traditional aspects, the divinity in the face, among the rest of the things.
"The process started in September 2020 and a team of seven worked continuously for nine months, we purchased 80 tons of raw material for sculpting the statue which weighs 28 tons. It was a continuous process and we worked around 14-15 hours a day to execute this beautiful sculpture," he added.
Adi Shankaracharya was born in Kerala. He was an eighth-century Indian mystic and philosopher who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta and made a significant contribution in unifying Hinduism by setting up four "mathas" across India.
Uttarakhand holds much significance regarding Adi Shankaracharya's life as he established one of the four mathas- Jyotir Math here in Chamoli district and established the idol at Badrinath. He also took samadhi at Kedarnath.