Artists have installed a 100-foot bamboo idol of Goddess Durga in Guwahati. The idol which has been constructed ahead of the Durga Puja festival is aimed at breaking the Guinness World Records for the tallest bamboo sculpture ever made in Guwahati. NDTV reports that about 5,000 bamboo poles have been used in the making of the idol. The unique structure has been created by art director Nuruddin Ahmed and his team of 40 for Guwahati’s Bishnupur Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee. Ahmed, who is into the profession of designing Durga idols since 1975, started working on his latest creation on August 1.
The maker, being a Muslim, says that artist has no religion and his only religion and duty is to serve humanity, the report says. Ahmed says that no metal or plastic bags have been used in the idol and it’s completely green. Earlier, the organisers had planned to create a taller idol. The initial structure was said to be planned at 110 feet.
This is not the only unique Durga idol being made this season. Earlier, Kolkata hotel had made an idol made of chocolate and had put it on display. Approximately 600 kg of chocolate was used in making the idol, a PTI report said. Three artists, under the guidance of pastry chef Sunil, worked eight hours a day and completed the idol within a week. The idol will remain on display
The idol will remain on display till September 29, the day of Mahanavami. “We made the idol with chocolate – an all time favourite item of the Bengalis to celebrate their love for Durga Puja and sweets,” Keneth Scott, a top official said on behalf of the hotel. “We also wish to pay our tribute to the skilled artisans of Kumartuli, the idol-makers and artisans hub in city,” Scott said.