Grand pandals a feast for the eyes


A seven-foot idol of ‘Bharat Mata’, made of 20 kg of cottage cheese, at Nala Road in Patna. DH photo/Abhay Kumar

Not only this, the grandeur puja pandals are a replica of either Delhi-based Akshardham Temple, Jain Temple of Jodhpur, Jaipur Museum or Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial Museum. Two students of Fine Arts — Jitendra and Chandan — have literally burnt midnight oil to craft a six-foot raisin idol near Mussalahpur Cooperative Bank.

“One idol of Durga requires around eight kgs of raisins,” said the duo who last year had prepared the idols with the help of gajar ka halwa, ice cream spoon and moonga stone.
They have also given shape to another idol made of Lac. Nearly 10 kgs of Lac were consumed for the purpose but once it was completed, so spectacular was the Durga idol that one could not take his eyes off .

At Bhonwar Pokhar, another artist Radheshyam displayed his creativity by erecting a five-foot tall idol of Bharat Mata using eight kg of mustard seeds and cottage cheese. Radheshyam’s creativity is at its best near the Nala Road petrol pump where he has created a seven-foot idol of Bharat Mata with 20 kg of cottage cheese.

Similarly, Jitendra and Chandan have used 10 kg of wool to prepare a five-foot idol of Durga at Khazanchi Road.

The grandeur pandals have added charm to the festive mood. One such puja pandal is at Khajpura which is a replica of Akshardham Temple. Different shades of fabric and thermocol have been used to set up this 70-ft by 70-ft pandal. Two Muslim artisans Rehman and Naushad from neighbouring Jharkhand have toiled in day and night to weave fantasy.

Just a far away is the imposing Jain temple of Jodhpur. Built with bamboo, beet, thermocol and ply, this magnificent piece of craftsmanhip is the prime attraction in Boring Road locality.

A replica of Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial Museum could be seen at Raza Bazar pandal, where the local artists have used expensive textiles, thermocol and other related materials to give it a proper shape. The Jaipur Museum, too, has come alive in the Sheikhpura area. The charm of majestic pandal has enhanced with the light and sound-based cartoon.

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