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Even as the Adiyogi statue was nearing completion and Isha Foundation had announced that it would be unveiled by the Prime Minister on the occasion of Mahashivaratri 2017, vested-interest groups started putting together their dossiers of allegations and accusations. This slander has since been providing sustained fodder to the rumor mill. Trial by media, funded protests, frivolous law suits, calumnious WhatsApp forwards – every trick in the book has been employed to discredit the Adiyogi statue.

For those who are looking for the truth about these accusations, we are presenting the actual facts here: 

Accusation 1 – Isha has razed forests to install Adiyogi

The Truth: As the land that was purchased for installing Adiyogi was privately-owned patta land for several generations, there is no question of any forest land being involved. The Revenue Divisional Officer and the Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore, called for reports on the land and scrutinized them. The District Forest Officer and the District Collector have also issued a NOCs for the installation of the Adiyogi statue.

Did Isha destroy forests? Proof from Google Earth

From Google Earth images it can clearly be discerned that the site of the Adiyogi is not forest land. This is evident because all surrounding areas are private holdings. Further, even as far back as 2006 (satellite images are only available from this year onwards) these lands were not forests as can be seen. These areas have been private fenced off patta lands for decades.

Here are a few images from 2006 onwards:

Google Earth Image 2006

The Truth About Allegations Against the Adiyogi Statue


Google Earth Image 2012


Google Earth Image 2016


Accusation 2 – Adiyogi was an illegal construction

The Truth: Adiyogi is not a building but a 112-ft statue made of steel. As such, it has been installed with requisite permissions from the District Collector, Coimbatore, the District Forest Officer, Coimbatore, and also from BSNL authorities. Refer to the table below.

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District Collector




DFO (Forest Department)





CB/PLG/AGM NWP-I/ GENL CORR/2016-17/1 DT @ CB-43 THE 13/06/2016


Does the Adiyogi statue have required permissions from the Government?

A structural stability certificate from a government certified engineer has also been obtained for the 112-ft Adiyogi statue.

Permission letter from the District Collector for the Adiyogi statue