Adiyogi with sunset and mountains in the background.

12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About 112-ft Adiyogi

With Mahashivratri taking place on 21 February, 2020, the Isha Yoga Center is gearing up for this exuberant nightlong festival held in the presence of Adiyogi. Here are 12 things you need to know about the 112-ft Adiyogi before you visit.

1. Guinness World Record

Adiyogi has been recognised as the “Largest Bust Structure” in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records, and stands 112 feet tall. This iconic image of the first yogi is 150 feet long, 25 feet wide, and made from around 500 tons of steel.

2. Adiyogi Divya Darshanam

Adiyogi lights up the sky in a spectacular 3D Laser show, depicting how Adiyogi offered the yogic sciences to humanity. Witness the show on weekends, Purnima, Amavasya and other auspicious days from 8 PM to 8:15 PM.

3. Adiyogi Vastram Offering

Devotees can offer a vastram to Adiyogi by tying a black cloth on any one of the 621 tridents surrounding Adiyogi.

4. Adiyogi Pradakshina

The Adiyogi Pradakshina is a two-kilometre circumambulation of the Dhyanalinga and Adiyogi. It was created by Sadhguru for one to become receptive to the Grace of Adiyogi, which can fuel one’s striving towards ultimate liberation. By chanting a certain mantra and holding a certain mudra, the Pradakshina is a way of imbibing the energy of the various consecrated spaces at the Isha Yoga Center.

5. Yogeshwar Linga Offerings

As a way to become open to the energies of the Yogeshwar Linga, devotees can make an offering of water and neem leaves to the linga.

6. Purnima Music Concert

Every full moon night, Adiyogi is open until midnight, and a musical performance by Sounds of Isha is offered to Adiyogi from 10:30 PM to 11:30 PM.

7. Amavasya

Every new moon day, traditional offerings are made to the Yogeshwar Linga by the people from nearby villages. There is also an offering of traditional music and dance, followed by distribution of prasadam. Perfect for the whole family!

8. Sadhguru’s Vision

It took two and a half years and dozens of design iterations to create Adiyogi’s face as he stands today. Sadhguru had a vision in his mind of how Adiyogi’s face should be depicted, and Sadhguru wouldn't settle for anything less than the realization of that vision. And what a stunning result!

9. Adiyogi’s Prized Possessions

Surrounding the Yogeshwar Linga are brass floor tiles. These have small carvings of the most intricately detailed artwork, depicting some of Adiyogi’s most prized possessions as described in the yogic tradition. There are earrings, the slender crescent of the moon that adorns his matted locks, a rudraksh bead, a neem leaf, a damaru, bow, axe and a bell.

10. “Multilingual” Linga

If you look closely at the Yogeshwar Linga, you will notice the chant “Shambho” inscribed in four different South Indian languages: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

11. Saptarishi Sculptures

A significant feature of the Yogeshwar Linga space is the black stone panel featuring sculptures of the Saptarishis, which have been consecrated by Sadhguru. This sacred panel is never touched by anyone by hand, even by those who clean it.

12. Rudraksh Bead Offering

Around Adiyogi’s neck is what is most likely the largest Rudraksh mala in the world, with 100,008 Rudraksh beads. The beads soak in the divine energy for twelve months, and every Mahashivratri, they are offered as prasadam to devotees on this auspicious night.

It is a rare privilege to have access to the energy and possibilities for wellbeing that are offered by Sadhguru during Mahashivratri. Mahashivratri presents a unique opportunity to make use of the forces of nature for one’s spiritual growth and wellbeing. The exuberant nightlong festival at the Isha Yoga Center in the presence of Adiyogi, is the ideal ambience for the unfolding of an intense spiritual experience.

We hope to see you there!


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