He is a normal business man from India who came to Nepal around 27years ago.As he was in Nepal the country of Pashupatinath (name of lord shiva) he felt a special rapport with pashupatinath. Mr. Jain, who left the family home and business in Siliguri,India to make a fresh start in the Himalayan nation.he said "Living in Kathmandu was like living under his wing. I had always wanted to pay a special tribute to him."
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."
Now we will show you the construction stages of this statue and its making.
THESE ARE A FEW CONSTRUCTION STAGES OF THE HUGE STATUE
THE SITE AFTER CLEARING OUT THE JUNGLE