The 13 Tallest Statues in India

India is known for its abundance of sacred statues and even more for the impressive heights that some of these statues reach. 

In fact, India houses some of the largest statues in the world, with towering heights that reach nearly 600 feet. 

Plus, many of these gigantic statues are located in picturesque areas along the Arabian Sea or amongst the Himalayan Mountains, giving them impressive backdrops that will stun any viewer. 

Other statues are situated near breathtaking temples and serene parks making for a once-in-a-lifetime day trip. 

But with so many amazing statues to visit and such a huge country to explore, it may be a daunting task to decide which statues to visit during your trip. 

So, check out this list of the thirteen largest statues in India to better plan for a trip filled with towering beauty. 

1. Statue of Unity

Known as the tallest statue in India, the Statue of Unity stands at an impressive 597 feet and is made up of steel, concrete, and bronze with a brass coating. 

People from all over the world travel to see its incredible size and the breathtaking views that surround it, but it is not only known for its height. 

Designed by the famous Ram Sutar, the Statue of Unity was created to represent a significant leader, Vallabhbhai Patel, and honor his important role in the Indian Independence Movement. 

Patel was able to unite 562 states into the grand Republic of India you see today and because of this, there are many statues of him throughout the country.  

But Sutar decided to take things a step further in hopes to express his gratitude for Patel by studying these many statues and creating one of his own that stands taller than all the rest. 

The idea for this spectacular statue came to life back in 2010 but took eight years and more than four hundred million dollars to build. 

Since Patel played such an important role to the public, much of the money and material was able to be collected through the use of local fundraisers and marathons. 

It wasn’t until October of 2018 that the statue was finished, and it was then inaugurated by the prime minister before opening up to the public. 

Now you can book tickets online to visit this amazing statue and the many surrounding attractions located on the property. 

With that being said, you will need to dedicate at least three hours to this trip, but many people spend the entire day taking in the different views. 

If you are looking for an exciting way to view the statue, you can opt for a helicopter ride or you can choose to view it from the Valley of Flowers for a more relaxing experience. 

There is also riverfront cycling, Sardar Sarovar Dam viewpoints, a jungle safari, geodesic aviary domes, the Zarwani Waterfall, and Panchmuli Lake to enjoy during your visit to this area. 

Each night the statue is lit up with beams of colorful lights that tell the moving story of how Patel fought for India’s independence and the struggles he faced along the way. 

After everything is said and done, you can head over to the food court for a tasty meal while you discuss your favorite part of the day. 

2. Fateh Burj

Located in the ancient village of Chappar Chiri, Fateh Burj is the tallest minar of its kind and has easily landed itself as one of the largest statues in India overall. 

The victory tower stands at a whopping 328 feet and represents Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, a Sikh warrior, who defeated the Mughal governor and claimed the land under Sikh rule. 

Although the statue was built to honor the victory of 1710, it wasn’t officially built until 2011, but it has since become one of the most visited statues in India. 

Fateh Burj is situated on twenty acres of picturesque rolling hills with a variety of smaller statues peppered throughout of warriors fighting in battle. 

But there is no denying that the victory tower is the main attraction, with its three intricate layers that represent the three historic battles that led to the rule of Sikh. 

Visitors are welcome to visit this beautiful statue, but it isn’t designed with tourism in mind, so you won’t find any bathrooms or places to grab a bite to eat. 

There is also the hope that one day guests will be able to travel to the top of the tower, but even though the lift was bought years ago, construction still hasn’t begun to add it to the tower.

3. Statue of Equality

Statue of Equality
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Built to honor Saint Bhagavad Ramanuja, the Statue of Equality is located in Hyderabad, India, and stands at a towering height of 216 feet. 

Part of what makes this statue so interesting is the fact that it is one of the newest statues built in the country and it has landed itself on the list as one of the largest statues in the country. 

In fact, it is so new that it has yet to be inaugurated by a prime minister and will be receiving this honor in February of 2022. 

Aside from the statue’s breathtaking beauty, made up of steel and panchaloha, it is also located on 34 acres of picturesque greenery with more than one hundred model temples surrounding it. 

For those unfamiliar with panchaloha, it is a material that is made up of a variety of other materials like gold, titanium, copper, silver, and brass. 

This combination of materials makes for a truly breathtaking sight, especially during sunrise and sunset when the sun glistens off its edges. 

When you are not walking the outstanding grounds, you can pay a visit to the statue’s gallery where you can learn about its importance and history. 

And considering its massive size, it is surprising that this statue was actually built in China and then transported to India upon completion.

The statue stands as a token to all human beings that we should treat one another equally, and was designed with the hope to bring light to a darkening world. 

4. Lord Hanuman Statue

Lord Hanuman is one of the most worshiped gods of Hinduism, so it is only right that there are many towering statues of the Lord all throughout India. 

And while many of these statues reach extraordinary heights, there is only one that stands taller than the rest and it is located in Andhra Pradesh. 

But it won’t hold this title for very long, since a new report has been released stating that the building process has begun for an even larger Lord Hanuman statue. 

This new statue will be located in Hampi, a village of historic significance, where it will reach a ridiculous height of over 700 feet upon completion. 

Once this new statue has been completed, it will become the largest statue in all of India, easily surpassing the current titleholder. 

But until then, Andhra Pradesh’s statue of Lord Hanuman will remain on this list and will for some time, given the fact that the new statue is dependent on donations. 

5. Thiruvalluvar Statue

Located right off of the Coromandel Coast on a picturesque island that sits across from the popular village of Kanyakumari, stands the Thiruvalluvar Statue.

Considering the fact that this statue is nestled along the southern edge of the scenic Indian peninsula, a visit to this statue is one of the most popular things to do when visiting the country. 

This statue gets its impressive height by combining the height of the statue itself and the leda stall it stands upon creating a whopping total of 133 feet. 

Every last detail of this statue was designed to symbolize important parts of India’s culture, and because of this, it took more than ten years to complete. 

But there is no denying how fascinating each detail is, with the pedestal being 38 feet to represent the chapters of Virtue, the three fingers pointing up to the sky to represent the Kural’s cantos, and so much more. 

Although visitors cannot travel to the very top of the statue, they can climb at least 38 feet up to the top of the pedestal to get up close and personal with Thiruvalluvar. 

Since it is located on an island, the only way to visit this majestic statue is by hopping on one of the ferries that also stop at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. 

It is said that one day there will be a bridge added between these two islands to allow for easy access to both historically significant destinations. 

If you are unable to get a ticket for the ferry, know that you can still see this impressive statue from the mainland where you can also admire the view of where the ocean meets the sea. 

6. Tathagata Tsal

Also known as Buddha Park of Ravangla, Tathagata Tsal is easily one of the largest statues in India, and it is also one of the most popular. 

This iconic project took about seven years to complete and is now adored for its extensive grounds and a 130-foot-tall statue of Buddha. 

With so many statues of Buddha throughout India, this particular monument was established to honor his 2550th birthday as a reminder that his beliefs still live on to this day. 

A hope that came along with this build was that more people would travel to the Rabong Monastery for pilgrimage, and it has succeeded immensely in that department. 

In fact, Buddha Park of Ravangla sees millions of visitors each year, and you can find people walking its peaceful grounds throughout all seasons.

But the best time to visit this statue would have to be during the fall when clear skies allow for breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains in the background. 

Nonetheless, you can’t go wrong with visiting this famous statue at any time of year, as there are always vibrant gardens and the Cho Djo Lake to enjoy. 

Plus, peaceful walkways will lead you to some of the park’s other highlights, like the Buddhist conclave, a museum, and a meditation center. 

You can spend an entire day exploring the monastery’s beautiful property and admiring the towering beauty of the Tathagata Tsal statue. 

7. Dhyana Buddha statue

Another Gautama Buddha statue that has landed itself on the list as one of the largest statues in India is the Dhyana Buddha statue, which is located along the river in Amaravathi. 

Here you will find a meditating Buddha overlooking the impressive, five-acre grounds accompanied by the peaceful sounds of the flowing Krishna River

While the statue is amazing in its entirety, what really makes it special is the detailed carvings that were created to mimic the artwork of the Amaravati School of Art – dating back to 200 AD. 

With so much meticulous detail put into this grand statue, it took over ten years to build, with a start date of 2003 and an end date of 2015. 

Luckily, builders did not need to wait on the replenishment of money to keep the project going, unlike other statues in the country, thanks to the help of the Andhra Pradesh state government. 

But we also thank the famous artist, Mallikarjuna Rao, who donated all of the money earned from his paintings to help fund the project. 

Nonetheless, the statue is a breathtaking sight, and the pillars that it sits on only add to its tranquil beauty. 

These eight pillars are part of a popular structure in India known as Lotus pandas, and this particular one was designed to symbolize the path needed to reach salvation. 

The same goes for the separate zones that represent the noble truths and the Ayaka pillars that are symbolic of our different stages of life. 

All in all, each part of this statue was carefully constructed to reflect the beliefs of Buddhism, which only adds to the honor of visiting this astonishing place. 

When you are not admiring the statue in all of its glory, you can step inside of its base where a museum is housed and features art that further demonstrates the religion. 

8. Statue of Padmasambhava

There are statues of Guru Padmasambhava all over India, but the tallest one stands in Takila at an impressive height of 173 feet. 

This particular statue is located at the foot of the Takila mountain range and makes for one of the most beautiful sights in India. 

It is said to have been built in response to the warning from a prophet who suggested that they build a statue in order to protect themselves from war. 

The prophecy dates back to the late 1800s, but it wasn’t until 2015 that the building of the statue was completed on the grounds of an ancient temple. 

But to be fair, there was a second prophecy made in the late 1900s that demanded Takila build a statue of Padmasambhava in order to gain peace. 

So, Takila went right to work planning a design, and now you can walk amongst its picturesque grounds while enjoying all of the beauty that surrounds you. 

For starters, you get to admire the gigantic Statue of Padmasambhava and how the mountains complement it in the background. 

Plus, the trail you take to approach the statue is overflowing with paddy fields that bring the grounds to life and you can check out traditional-style homes that have been set up for display. 

But what really makes this statue special is that it is the only statue in the world created to mimic the first Padmasambhava statue ever built. 

In fact, Padmasambhava was the one who built the first statue of himself, but unfortunately, it was destroyed early on with only a picture left to remember it by. 

Because of this, tourism has only been growing by the year, so prepare to be sharing this experience with a large group of people. 

This is also a place where locals come to pray, so always remember to be respectful when visiting. 

9. Shiva of Murudeshwara

Although the largest Murdeshwar temple in the world is located in the country of Nepal, India’s Shiva of Murudeshwara comes in second place at a towering 123 feet. 

The statue is located along the sandy shores of Murudeshwara, offering up some pretty spectacular views of the Arabian Sea that surrounds it. 

You can admire the beauty of the statue and its surroundings during your visit, but don’t forget to pay your respects at the ancient temple that is housed next door. 

This temple is an important part of India’s history, as it is believed to be built as a result of a dispute between the Rakshasa King Ravana of Lanka and Lord Shiva himself centuries ago. 

You will find the temple on the picturesque hill of Kanduka Giri, where inside holds the iconic Linga that was destroyed during the dispute located within a twenty-story shrine. 

The mythology that goes along with this statue is one of its most interesting characteristics, so make sure to read up on it before your visit or ask one of the locals for more information. 

Just a stone’s throw away is the Shiva of Murudeshwara, and it was designed perfectly so that it always receives unobstructed sunlight throughout the day. 

There is never a bad time to make a visit to this famous temple, and it is open all year round for both tourists and locals alike.

10. Adiyogi Shiva statue

Known as the largest bust statue in the world, the Adiyogi Shiva is one of the most iconic statues to visit in India, and with good reason. 

Although it is not the largest statue in the world at a height of 112 feet, it has gained the title for largest bust because it is the largest depiction of a person that only portrays that portion of their body. 

This unique statue is the head of shiva from the shoulders up and stretches out nearly 150 feet from shoulder to shoulder. 

But unlike many other shiva statues in the country, this statue was designed to be an inspirational symbol rather than a place of worship. 

The term Adiyogi represents the first yogi of India, and the statue stands as a reminder of the importance of yoga in everyday life to maintain a peaceful mind. 

In fact, the height of this statue symbolizes the 112 different ways you can reach liberation, or moksha, as well as the 112 chakras that live within every human. 

While you can see a smaller version of this statue in the United States, there is nothing quite like standing at the base of this massive Adiyogi. 

Plus, the Adiyogi statue located in the Isha Yoga Center was developed with tourism in mind so there are many ways to enjoy its beauty.

For instance, the best way to take in the view of this statue is during the Adiyogi Divya Darshanam, which is a nightly show made up of 3D lasers that tells the story and importance of yoga. 

It is viewed as one of the most iconic shows based around the house of worship and can be admired on weekends for a total of fourteen minutes. 

And since the statue is nestled within the bustling city of Tamil Nadu, there are plenty of different ways to reach this iconic attraction whether it be by train, plane, taxi, or bus. 

11. Hanuman Statue of Damanjodi

Although the Hanuman Statue of Damanjodi is not the tallest of its kind, it still makes it to the list of the largest statues in India with an impressive height of 108.9 feet. 

The second tallest Hanuman resides in Odisha, within the Koraput district, and was officially inaugurated by the prime minister in 2017. 

The statue is so large that it can be seen anywhere in town, so you can admire Hanuman from just about anywhere you go. 

But to really appreciate the statue in all of its glory, you will have to take a visit to its base where you will also gain access to three of the nearby temples. 

The Shree Satya Sai Baba temple, Shree Shiridi Sai Baba temple, and Maa Kantabausini temples are all just a stone’s throw away and offer some insight into India’s vibrant culture. 

Plus, unlike many other statues that are made entirely of bronze or silver, this particular Hanuman was made to look as life-like as possible. 

The statue is painted over with white paint that resembles what the god would look like and even has brightly colored clothing to mimic what Hanuman would have worn.

Hanuman holds the iconic gada that is said to have been a weapon given to him by the worshipped Lord Kubera, according to Indian mythology. 

And since this statue is located in the coastal state of Odisha, there are plenty of picturesque beaches and quaint villages to explore during your visit. 

12. Statue of Ahimsa

Statue of Ahimsa
Image: Wikimedia / ASethi

Known as the tallest tain statue in the world, there is no denying the Statue of Ahimsa’s place on the list of largest statues in India. 

This unique statue is located in Mangi-Tungi, which is situated in the popular Indian state known as Maharashtra. 

Here the statue stands 121 feet tall and sits amongst the Mangi-Tungi hills, known for their sacred properties amongst the Jain community. 

Much thought went into the creation of this statue, with the help of Supreme Jain Sadhvi Ganineepramukh Aryika Shri Gyanmati Mataji and Aryika Sri Chandanamati Mataji, and took 14 years to build. 

It wasn’t until 2016 that the statue opened to the public, and it has become one of the most visited statues in the country ever since. 

Part of what made this process so long was that the creators insisted that the statue be carved almost entirely from the rocks of the sacred hills, and they were able to achieve just that. 

Now the statue is known for being one of the best places to pay pilgrimage, so always remember to be respectful of others during your visit. 

13. Shri Hanuman Jakhu

Shri Hanuman Jakhu
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Also known as the Pride of Shimla, the Shri Hanuman Jakhu stands at a gigantic height of 108 feet and is located in the picturesque village of Shimla. 

This breathtaking statue was built upon the tallest hill in Shimla with six other hills surrounding it for a truly wonderful display. 

The journey to this statue is beautiful as you walk amongst the towering trees, but the real showstopper is how the Shri Hanuman Jakhu stands high above it all. 

You can also admire this statue from afar, as its massive size allows for it to be seen from all over town as well as the nearby town of Solan. 

It is said that the Shri Hanuman Jakhu was built upon this hill in order to provide it with a clear view to watch over Shimla and its people. 

Its vibrant pink color perfectly contrasts with the greenery that surrounds it and offers some spectacular opportunities for photographers. 

Plus, there are many nearby amenities to allow for a better experience, including a nearby park to relax in and plenty of restaurants to grab a bite to eat at.