Coimbatore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a 112-ft tall face of Adiyogi, the source of yoga, designed and consecrated by Sadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation, on Mahashivaratri (Feb 24) at the Isha Yoga Center in Tamil Nadu.
This will be the largest 'face' on the planet, recognizing the first yogi’s unparalleled contribution to humanity. This iconic face symbolizes liberation, representing the 112 ways in which one can attain to one’s ultimate through the science of yoga.
As a tribute to Adiyogi, the Prime Minister will light the sacred fire to commence the Maha Yoga Yagna across the world - 1 million people will take an oath to teach a simple form of yoga to at least 100 people each in the coming year, and touch at least 100 million people before the next Mahashivaratri.
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, has included the consecration of this glorious face in its official Incredible India campaign as a destination.
The unveiling of Adiyogi is part of the largest Mahashivaratri celebrations in the country which will be telecast live, simultaneously in 7 languages to over 50 million people through over 23 satellite television channels and several online platforms. As there is a natural upsurge of energies in the human system on this night due to the planetary positions, there is immense benefit in keeping one’s spine erect.
At 11o latitude in India, because of the tilt and precision in the spin axis of the Earth, the centrifugal force is nearly vertical, and Isha Yoga Center by virtue of being on this latitude becomes an ideal place to be on the night of Mahashivaratri
The festivities of Mahashivaratri begin at 6 PM and conclude at 6 AM, the next morning. The nightlong celebrations include the powerful midnight meditation & discourse by Sadhguru, cultural performances by Kailash Kher, Rajasthan Roots with Kutle Khan, Sounds of Isha (Isha’s home grown, anomalous group of musicians) and dance troop Nritarutya. Maha Annadanam or the offering of food will be made for all.
Describing the significance of Adiyogi, Sadhguru said, “It is essential that the next generations of people on this planet are seekers, not believers. As philosophies, ideology, belief systems that don’t stand the test of logic and the scientific verification will naturally collapse in coming decades, you will see the longing for liberation will rise. When that longing rises, Adiyogi and the science of yoga will become very important.”
"In Tamil Nadu, Amavasya is considered the most important day in the month. We will leave the first offering to Adiyogi to the local people as a way of honoring the common people of the land, as an expression of their love and devotion," Sadhguru said.
Preceding Mahashivaratri is the three-day Yaksha Festival, aimed at preserving and promoting India's classical music and dance forms by the most accomplished artistes of India. This year’s artists include violin duet by Dr. Mysore Manjunath and Dr. Mysore Nagaraj, Bharatnatayam performance by Padma Shri Meenakshi Chitharanjan and Odyssey dance performance by Bijayini Satpathy and Surupa Sen on 21, 22 and 23 February respectively.
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