An Indian artist created a mural so big that you can see it from space — or on Google Maps

Mural of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a revered Indian king, as seen from outer space by Google satellites on Google MapsBusiness Insider India

  • A portrait of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a former Maratha king, has gone viral on social media after it was discovered that it can be seen from space.
  • Users can view the rangoli, an Indian art form of floor murals, by simply looking it up on Google Maps.
  • The rangoli stretches out over 250,000 square feet and was made using over 2500 kilograms of seeds.
A tribute to Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a revered Maratha king in India, has been caught on camera by Google Maps and can be seen from space.

Looking up the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj grass art on Google Maps using an Android phoneBusiness Insider India


The artwork was originally created in February as a tribute to the warrior king on Shivaji Jayanti, 19 February. It stretches over 240,000 square feet on a six acre farm. It is the world’s biggest rangoli — an Indian artform of creating murals on the floor — of Shivaji.

The video of the farm went viral when Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna), a Twitter user, shared it on the social networking platform.


Mangesh Nipanikar, the artist behind the innovation, has won a Guiness Book record in 2015 for completing a rangoli that stood against farmer suicides — a troubling problem in Maharashtra where a large part of the population is involved in agriculture but has mounting debts to face.

The entire project took over 2,500 kilograms of seeds to accomplish.



Here’s how you can look up the farm painting of Chatrapati Shivaji on your PC:

1. Open Google Maps.

Google Maps

2. Switch to satellite mode by clicking the square box located at the bottom left corner of your screen.

Switch Google Maps to satellite mode

3. In the search box, type in ‘Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj grass photo farm’

Finding the world's largest rangoli of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

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