On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 112-foot-tall statue of Lord Shiva on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. State Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami received Modi on his arrival here. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi also attended the event.
Constructed by the Isha Foundation, there are plans to set up similar statues in other parts of the country.
Mr. Modi said, "India has given the gift of Yoga to the world, by practising Yoga a spirit of oneness is created. Today whole world wants peace, not only from wars and conflicts but peace from stress, and for that we have Yoga."
He added, "This (Maha Shivaratri celebrations) symbolises a spirit of vigilance, that we have to protect nature and mould our activities in sync with our ecological surroundings."