Adiyogi Shiva Statue, Chikkaballapur, Karnataka | Best time to Visit (2024)
Adiyogi Shiva Statue, which is 112 feet tall and 82 feet wide statue of Lord Shiva is installed in the Isha Yoga Center along with the eight Navagraha temples as well as the Bhairavi temple in Avalagurki village, 7 km from Chikkaballapur. This statue is seen as a replica of the Adiyogi Shiva statue located at the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore. The figure is named Adiyogi in tribute to the Hindu deity Shiva, the creator of yoga and meditation, and render “the first yogi”. It was established to inspire people to seek inner peace and well-being through yoga. The purpose of this place is to act as an important center for spiritual development.
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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the founder of the Isha Foundation, has built it. It was inaugurated on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti on 15 January 2023 in the presence of former Chief Minister Bommai and Karnataka health minister Dr. K Sudhaka.
The Isha Foundation complex at Chikkaballapur is spread over 100 acres and is surrounded by rocky hills on all sides. Presently, it is open to all tourists. The courtyard and building is currently under construction. One can visit to see the majestic Adiyogi Shiva statue, Adiyogi Divya Darshanam (3D laser show), and Nag Mantapa at the base of the sculpture. Many things will attract your attention in the temple like Jal Consecration, devotees offering flowers or prasad and also you can see sadhus meditating and chanting Lord Shiva.
The 112-foot-tall Adiyogi Statue depicts the 112 chakras in the human system as well as the 112 possible paths suggested by the yogic culture to attain Moksha. The weight of this magnificent statue is about 500 tonnes of steel.
Major Attractions at the Temple
- Adiyogi Divya Darshanam – You can enjoy a mesmerizing 3D laser show every evening at 7 pm, it has become a center of attraction for the people around the complex and tourists. Hundreds of devotees come here daily to enjoy it. Sadhguru’s voice narrates the story of Adiyogi and how human beings attained the science of Yoga. It’s about a 14-minute light and sound show, which is projected on Adiyogi’s statue.
- Naga Shrine – Naga Mantapa is located at the entrance, visiting which you can move towards Adiyogi Statue. It has a huge idol of Kaal Sarp, there are 112 carved snakes on the right and left sides of the idol. Aarti is performed thrice a day in the Naga shrine, at 6:20 am, 12:20 pm and 6:20 pm. The Naga shrine represents a powerful process called Kaal Sarp Seva, the seva is believed to bring health and well-being to oneself and one’s family (especially for women), helps with skin diseases, alleviates mental health problems, gets rid of Naga Dosha and Kula Dosha, and supports those seeking arcane skills.
- Yoga Sandhya – A powerful 30-minute meditation or ritual process to deepen your connection with the Yogeshwar Linga. Yoga Sandhya helps you establish a deep personal connection with the Yogeshwar Linga, revitalizing the energy within you, and helping you move through life’s situations gracefully.
Note – You can witness the process of Naga Snanam, which is used to cleanse the Nagas, around 8 pm a day before every new moon (Amavasya) and full moon (Purnima).
- Jala Offering – Devotees can offer water and neem leaves to the linga with their hands.
- Dosha Nivarana Arpane – Devotees can offer flowers and neem leaves and apply red soil to the naga for their well-being.
- Dhoop Arpane – Devotees can offer dhoop or incense sticks in front of Naga for their well-being.
- Parsad Offering – Devotees can also offer Prasad to the idol located in the temple premises.
Opening and Closing Time
- 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
Best Time to Visit
- Visit early in the morning during the summer season to avoid the heat of the sun.
- According to people, the evening is the most pleasant time to enjoy the laser show and visit the temple complex with the cool breeze.
- Maha Shivaratri is the major festival celebrated in this temple on a grand scale, attracting lakhs of people from Karnataka and surrounding states.
- There is no entry charge at the temple.
- You may have to pay a charge for water consecration, offering prasad, or worship material
- Parking is currently available for free
How to Reach
- Chikkaballapur is approx. 70 km from Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station.
- The nearest airport to Chikkaballapur is Kempegowda International Airport. The distance between Adiyogi Chikkaballapur and Airport is around 47 km, which you can cover with the help of your own vehicle or cab in around 60 minutes.
- Bus and taxi services are available from Bangalore City to Chikkaballapur City. State transport buses also ply from Chikkaballapur Bus Terminus to Isha Yoga Center. But due to the unpaved road, the bus does not take you till Adiyogi, you can complete the further journey with the help of a taxi or lift.
Location Map for Adiyogi Shiva Statue
There is currently no nearby accommodation facility, you will have to go back to Bangalore to stay. Yet based on people’s suggestions and Google results, we have listed the names of the closest hotels below –
- Hotel Srisierra (approx. 13 kms from Adiyogi Chikkaballapur)
- Nandi Cottages (approx. 15 kms from Adiyogi Chikkaballapur)
- RAC Outbound Adventure Camping (approx. 9 kms from Adiyogi Chikkaballapur)
- Surya Lodge (approx. 10 kms from Adiyogi Chikkaballapur)
- Discovery Village at Nandi Hills (approx. 27 kms from Adiyogi Chikkaballapur)
Note – Staying at hotels that are within a few kilometers of Chikkaballapur can be expensive. We suggest you reach Bangalore if you are looking for cheap and affordable hotels.
What’s Worth Seeing Near Adiyogi Shiva Statue, Chikkaballapur
- Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple – Pilgrimage (distance from Adiyogi Statue – 16 km)
- Nandi Hills – Trek (distance from Adiyogi Statue – 40 km)
- Gudibande Fort – Historical (distance Adiyogi Statue – 33 km)
- Dandiganahalli Dam – Dam (distance Adiyogi Statue – 33 km)
- Ranganathaswamy Temple – Pilgrimage (distance from Adiyogi Statue – 69 km)