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Blue Vishnu.

27-Foot-Tall Blue Skinned Deity

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Fort Wayne, Indiana

According to the 2021 Religious Landscape Study, fewer than one percent of adult Indiana residents are Hindu. So in June 2021, when the rural Omkaar Temple unexpectedly unveiled a 27-foot-tall statue of a blue-skinned seated deity (with a normal-size cow kneeling at its feet), local officials were stumped. If it was a "sign" -- because it directed people "to the activity and function" of the temple -- then it was clearly in violation of state's agricultural zoning law, which limits sign height to eight feet.

However, the Temple asked for a permit, and the town let the statue stay, judging that it was far enough back from the nearest farm road to not be overbearing, and surrounded by enough open land that it could almost blend into the rural scenery.

27-Foot-Tall Blue Skinned Deity

Omkaar Temple

14745 Yellow River Rd, Fort Wayne, IN
Omkaar Temple. West of the city. I-69 exit 309B. Drive west on US-30/Goshen Rd for eight miles. Turn left at the stoplight onto S 800 E/W. County Line Rd N. Drive a half-mile. Turn left onto Yellow River Rd. Drive a quarter-mile to the Omkaar Temple entrance on the right. Drive up the road and you'll see the statue ahead on the right, in front of a building with a red roof.
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