Adiyogi statue in Chikkaballapur to be unveiled on Jan 15

Bengaluru, 05.01.2023 ( For the New Year, 2023, one of the major attractions as tourist spots for Bengalureans was the Sadhguru Sannidhi, aka Isha Foundation, in Chikkaballapur. The valley where the Adiyogi statue and Naga Prathista have been erected saw a rush of hundreds of vehicles. Once the statue is formally unveiled on January 15, one can only anticipate the surge in visitors.

In Coimbatore, it is referred as the Isha Foundation, but the one in Bengaluru (or more specifically, Chikkaballapur) is known as Sadhguru Sannidhi. Those who have been to both locations can quickly identify the parallels and differences. There are hills all around both places. However, the Sannidhi is situated in a valley, and the hill range serves as the statue’s background.

All the facilities, including the accommodation, would be built out gradually. The project was launched in February 2022 by Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Bhumi Pooja. The Naga shrine was recently consecrated. The Adiyogi statue and Yogeshwara Linga will both be consecrated on January 15. The public is allowed to attend all of these. The Vice President of India is expected to attend the celebrations.

The statue is 112 feet tall, just like the one in Coimbatore. There are some minor modifications, like the style of the earrings. The metal Adiyogi statue, which is available for jalabhisheka, will be accessible to visitors. The statue’s top will soon have a staircase installed to access it. While the Coimbatore campus will continue to host annual Shivaratri on a large-scale, the Chikkaballapur campus will celebrate Sankranti, the harvest festival.

According to the sources, this location would have a special Navagraha shrine, a special Linga Bhairavi Devi form, and visitors will have to cross a cascading waterfall to get to the temple.

The Sannidhi presently has about 200 acres, according to the media department of the Isha Foundation. The arid, bushy terrain was bought from private sellers, according to sources close to Sadguru. The purchasing process began four years ago, in part thanks to the assistance of an education businessman.

A leadership academy for farmers was originally intended to be established in Nandi village. However, the concept was abandoned in favour of a bigger project and  land. It is around 30 kilometres away from Nandi Hills, according to the sources. As part of the “Namma Nandi” initiative, there are plans to make the valley greener. It appears dry at the moment with bushy coverage.

According to sources, the Sannidhi project, which will put farmers in the spotlight, will see an investment of  Rs 1,000 crore over the years. The Leadership Academy aims to empower farmers for free through various rural development programmes.  Chikkaballapur is the hometown of Sadguru’s maternal grandmother. In his early years, he had spent a lot of time here. Hence he was eager to put up the project there. However, the reality remains that it is closer to the Devanahalli Airport and Bengaluru city.

For ease of access, it is advisable to travel by private vehicle for now. The approach road is getting ready. Even the BMTC intends to provide bus service to Chikkaballapur. There are currently no private eateries, however the foundation does have a modest canteen.

All states to have a Adiyogi statue

Isha Foundation is planning to have its campus with a mammoth Adiyogi statue in every state. Each will have different concepts to promote. For example, the Chikkaballapur one is farmers-centric, while the Coimbatore campus focuses on education. According to the sources, opening campuses in Goa, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh are among the immediate objectives.

-Asha Krishnaswamy