COIMBATORE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a mammoth 112 feet bust of 'Adiyogi' Lord Shiva at Isha Yoga Foundation. Adressing the huge gathering he said, "This (Maha Shivaratri celebrations) symbolises a spirit of vigilance, that we have to protect nature and mould our activities in sync with our ecological surroundings."
Making an appeal for the need for peaceful coexistence, PM Modi said, "Lord Shiva is everywhere" and referred to the bull, peacock and mouse that were the vehicles of the Lord and his sons -- Ganapathy and Karthik. He alos mention the venomous snake Vasuki curled around Shiva's neck to emphasise the importance of peaceful coexistence.
Praising the ancient practice of Yoga, whose goal is to bring the practitioner's body, mind and spirit in tune with each other, PM Modi told the gathering that by "practising Yoga, a spirit of oneness is created. Oneness of mind, body and the intellect, oneness with our families and with the society we live in, with fellow humans and with birds, animals and trees."
PM Modi began his speech by greeting people in Tamil "Ungal Ellorukkum En Anbana Vanakkam," (My loving greetings to all).
Founder of Isha Foundation, Jaggi Vasudev, said the bust of 'Adiyogi' was built in eight months. He also lauded PM Modi for practising Yoga.
Before unveiling the giant 'Adiyogi' bust, PM Modi lighted the "Maha Yoga Yagna" and released the book 'Adiyoga: The source of Yoga', which deals with yogic sciences.