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Big Shiva Statue Facing Ocean At Azhimala – Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram

The big Shiva statue facing ocean at Azhimala Mahadeva temple near Vizhinjam in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala is known as Gangadhareshwara Shiva. The sculpture is 58-feet tall. 

The massive structure depicts Shiva's hair flowing in the wind and holding Goddess Ganga. Unlike most statues with a face-frontal view, here Shiva gazes angularly at the sky, nerves and muscles delicately carved. The sculpture depicting windswept, tumultuous dreadlocks enclosing a triumphant Goddess Ganga was sculpted by P S Devadathan.

Azhimala Shiva Statue Facts

  • The statue was inaugurated in 2021.
  • The concrete statue is mounted on a rock at an altitude of 20 feet.
  • The statue is located within the compound of Azhimala Shiva Temple.
  • Shiva holds a trishul and damaru and has four hands.
  • Chandra (crescent moon) and snakes are part of the sculpture. Chilum or the pipe used by Shiva and be seen in the sculpture.
  • The statue is seen against the backdrop of Arabians Sea.
  • It took six years to complete the statue.
  • A Nandi sculpture will be sculpted near the statue in near future.
  • One has to make a steep climb to reach the temple.
  • This is the biggest Shiva sculpture in Kerala.