In a grand celebration of spirituality and artistry, a colossal 123-foot-tall statue of Lord Shiva is poised to be inaugurated in Odisha’s Jajpur district on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, slated for March 8. The majestic statue forms a centerpiece of the Baraha Khetra development project and stands proudly near the Barahanath temple on the picturesque banks of the Baitarani River.
The monumental Shiva statue, crafted by a private art organization based in New Delhi, is a testament to artistic prowess and spiritual devotion. As part of the larger Baraha Khetra development initiative, the statue aims to enhance the region’s cultural and tourism landscape.
Visitors to the site will have the unique opportunity to ascend to the heights of the statue either by lift or stairs, providing an awe-inspiring view of the Baitarani riverfront. The unveiling of the statue on the sacred Mahashivratri festival adds a divine dimension to the project, attracting devotees and art enthusiasts alike.
In addition to the imposing Shiva statue, the Baraha Khetra project includes the creation of a beautiful park and a mesmerizing water fountain, enhancing the overall experience for tourists. A strategically planned rest house near the statue will cater to the needs of devotees and visitors exploring the Baraha Khetra precinct.
Local resident Debadutta Mishra expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming addition to Jajpur’s tourism landscape, describing the statue on the banks of the sacred Baitarani River as a valuable and culturally significant asset for the district.
Jajpur, already a tourist hub with attractions like Dashwamedha Ghat, Baraha temple, Baruni Ghat, and Maa Biraja temple, is poised to further elevate its tourism potential with the introduction of this monumental Lord Shiva statue. The project not only pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of the region but also aims to draw visitors seeking spiritual solace and admiration for artistic excellence.