Omkareshwar is undergoing a remarkable transformation into a global hub for Advaita Vedanta, a profound spiritual and philosophical tradition. This ambitious project, led by the Madhya Pradesh government, seeks to celebrate and propagate the life and teachings of the revered 'Acharya Shankar'. At its heart lies the 'Ekatma Dham,' a monumental endeavor that will encompass several significant elements.
At the heart of Ekatma Dham stands a towering 108-foot-high metal statue, known as the 'Statue of Unity,' depicting Acharya Shankar in his formative years. This statue serves as a testament to his early years and the profound impact they had on his later contributions to philosophy.
Additionally, 'Advaita Lok,' a captivating museum dedicated to Acharya Shankar's philosophy, will grace the premises. It will offer visitors an immersive journey into the world of Advaita Vedanta.
Furthermore, the 'Acharya Shankar International Advaita Vedanta Institute' will be a beacon of knowledge, fostering the study and dissemination of Advaita Vedanta on a global scale.
The grand unveiling of the 'Statue of Unity' is scheduled for September 18, marking a momentous occasion in the development of Omkareshwar as a spiritual and educational center.
Omkareshwar holds particular significance in Acharya Shankar's life, as it was here that he encountered his spiritual mentor, Govind Bhagwatpada, and dedicated four formative years to his studies. At the tender age of 12, Acharya Shankar embarked on a mission to spread the wisdom of Vedanta throughout the nation. Therefore, the statue portrays him at this youthful age and will be prominently situated on the Mandhata mountain in Omkareshwar.
The construction of this magnificent statue is entrusted to the esteemed L&T Company, with the talented sculptor Rampura from Solapur, Maharashtra, lending his expertise to craft this remarkable masterpiece. The artistic rendition of young Acharya Shankar, known as 'Bal Shankar,' was envisioned by the renowned Mumbai painter Vasudev Kamat in 2018.
The project's inception involved a grand 'Ekatm Yatra' conducted throughout Madhya Pradesh in 2017-18, seeking donations of metals from 27,000 gram panchayats and raising public awareness about the statue's construction.
Visitors to the Shankar Museum can explore various galleries dedicated to Acharya Shankar's life, philosophy, and the timeless wisdom of Sanatan Dharma. The Ekatma Dham also promises a captivating laser show, a documentary depicting Acharya Shankar's life, and an Advaita interpretation center known as 'Srishti.' Additionally, visitors can enjoy the serenity of 'Advaita Narmada Vihar,' partake in the Annakshetra, and immerse themselves in the rich cultural tapestry of 'Shankar Kalagram.'
Notably, the Ekatma Dham will house four dedicated research centers focusing on philosophy, science, social sciences, and the arts. There will also be a library, an extension center, and a traditional Gurukul under the umbrella of the Acharya Shankar International Advaita Vedanta Institute.
A hallmark of this visionary project is its commitment to environmental sustainability, adhering to the time-honored architectural style of traditional Indian temples.
Beyond the Advaita Lok and the Ekatma Dham itself, a lush forest sanctuary called 'Advaita Van' is sprouting across 36 hectares, further enhancing the spiritual and natural beauty of Omkareshwar. This comprehensive initiative underscores the government's dedication to preserving and promoting India's rich philosophical heritage on a global stage.