Madame Tussauds New York, Delhi, proudly revealed the wax figure of renowned yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Tuesday. The wax statue, showcased in the iconic Vrikshasana pose and dressed in his saffron outfit, stood beside the yoga guru himself during the unveiling event.
This significant addition to Madame Tussauds will see Ramdev’s wax figure find a permanent home at the Wax Museum in Times Square, Manhattan, making him the first Indian sanyasi (hermit) to be featured in the prestigious museum.
The purpose behind Ramdev’s wax representation extends beyond mere recognition. In 2018, Ramdev collaborated with Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London, providing essential details and photographs for a 20-member team to craft his wax statue. Despite initial hesitation, Ramdev embraced the idea, expressing his desire that the statue would pique the curiosity of international tourists about yoga, as reported by Times of India in 2018.
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The wax figure captures Ramdev in the Vrikshasana pose, symbolizing qualities such as mercy, generosity, flexibility, tolerance, strength, endurance, balance, and grace. This pose, derived from the Sanskrit word “vriksha” meaning tree, represents an embodiment of virtues that contribute to overall personal growth.
Baba Ramdev’s wax statue now joins the distinguished lineup of Indian personalities at Madame Tussauds Museum, which includes figures like Mahatma Gandhi, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and Bollywood icons like Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Ranveer Singh, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
While Baba Ramdev has played a significant role in promoting yoga globally, he has not been without controversies. As the brand ambassador for Patanjali Ayurved, the yoga advocate has faced disputes related to his opinions on modern medicine, yoga, ayurveda, and religion. Notably, the introduction of the COVID-19 treatment drug Coronil by Patanjali Ayurved sparked a significant dispute, leading to its ban and subsequent withdrawal.