Design and Construction
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Mr. Kamal Jain
He is the man who has made this statue and has sacrificed so much of time money and patience to make this gigantic imagination into real structure.Words are less to describe him.he is an indian and has been living in Nepal since the last 22 years now. If Mr.Kamal Jain wanted he could have made a hospital or a school and could get into good business through the name of social work but he is a man of bigger thinking and therefore made a temple.
This is an article which Mr.Kamal jain had answered to after the inauguration of KAILASHNATH MAHADEV STATUE.
Kamal jain said to an reporter :
KATHMANDU: "When I first came to Nepal nearly 20 years ago, I immediately felt a special rapport with Pashupatinath," says Kamal Jain, who left the family home and business in Siliguri to make a fresh start in the Himalayan nation. "Living in Kathmandu was like living under his wing. I had always wanted to pay a special tribute to him."
On Monday, when Nepal celebrated Mahashivarati with fervour, the 46-year-old had wanted to unveil his tribute: a colossal 108ft statue of Shiva.
"To my knowledge, it is the biggest Hindu religious icon in the world," says Jain, who chairs Hilltake Industries Pvt Ltd, which manufactures plastic water storage tanks and currently, has an annual turnover of NRS 250-300 million.
The idea came to him seven years ago when he visited Gurgaon in India and viewed the immense Shiva statute in the Birla temple there. "From that day, that thought drove me all day and night," he says. "I too wanted to build a colossal statue of Shiva in Nepal. I thought that would be a life-time achievement."
The work began in the temple town of Bhaktapur four years ago. The main artisans are from India. The statue itself has cost Jain about NRS 25 million while he estimates it would require another NRS 10 million to finish the project. In addition, there is the money spent on acquiring the land and building the temple.
"I had wanted to unveil the statue today on the occasion of Mahashivaratri," says Jain, who forsook the Pashupatinath temple, where nearly 400,000 devotees flocked Monday, to visit the Bhaktapur shrine. "However, you can’t dictate time to artistes and the work could not be completed."
He estimates it will take another five to six months for the project to be over. However, his disappointment turned to joy Monday when hundreds of people turned up at his temple to worship the image on Mahashivaratri.
"I am a Jain by religion but then, Jainism rose from Hinduism," Jain says. "While Jainism forbids the worship of images, the restriction is meant for ascetics, not for grihasthas."