New York, January 30, 2024 — In a momentous event, the Madame Tussauds Museum in New York recently unveiled the wax statue of renowned yoga guru Baba Ramdev. The statue, depicting him in the Vrikshasana pose, was revealed at a ceremony in Delhi in the presence of Baba Ramdev himself.
A Symbolic Recognition of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Indian Culture
The wax statue’s unveiling not only stands as an honor for Baba Ramdev but also serves as a symbol of appreciation for yoga, ayurveda, and the rich cultural heritage of India. Baba Ramdev, expressing his gratitude, emphasized that this recognition goes beyond icons from the realms of Bollywood, Hollywood, and politics, extending to spiritual leaders.
Traditional Ritual Marks the Occasion
During the unveiling ceremony, Baba Ramdev performed a traditional ritual by applying a ‘tika’ on the forehead of his wax impression. The wax figure is set to be showcased at the Madame Tussauds Museum in Times Square, Manhattan, alongside other distinguished Indian personalities.
Ramdev’s Pride in ‘Sanatan’ Culture
Expressing his gratitude, Baba Ramdev remarked, “With the recognition given by Madame Tussauds, a saint has been honored among the world’s top 200 icons. I am very thankful and consider this honor a moment of pride for ‘Sanatan’ culture.” The yoga guru had provided photographs and measurements to a team at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London for the creation of his wax statue back in 2018.
A Vision for Global Yoga Interest
Reports suggest that initially hesitant, Ramdev eventually embraced the idea of the wax statue, hoping that it would spark interest in yoga among international tourists. The statue showcases various poses, including the Vrikshasana, mirroring the current stance of the yoga guru.
Joining the Ranks of Indian Icons
Baba Ramdev’s wax figure joins the distinguished company of other notable Indians at Madame Tussauds New York, including Mahatma Gandhi, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, Kareena Kapoor, Salman Khan, and Katrina Kaif. The inclusion of Ramdev’s wax statue further enriches the representation of India’s cultural diversity at the renowned museum.
In conclusion, the unveiling of Baba Ramdev’s wax statue at Madame Tussauds New York serves as a global acknowledgment of the significance of yoga, ayurveda, and the cultural heritage of India, reinforcing their impact on an international stage.