Durga Puja is arriving, and Bengali's surely cannot keep the excitement under control. The grandeur of the Durga Puja in West Bengal and other parts of eastern India has not matched anywhere. Puja's in Kolkata take the cake of flaunting of the best Durga Puja Pandals and the magnanimous idols. But this time, Tripura-based puja organizers have decided to give Kolkata a run for their money by constructing world's most expensive Durga Idol.
This is the world's most expensive Durga Idol which is purely made of gold. Goddess Durga along with her four children will be adorned with pure gold. The idol is being constructed of glass fiber, and the entire canopy reaches up to 10.5 feet with an approximate cost of 4 crore.
Security of the God is the primary concern for the makers. Keeping in mind to protect the idol while it will be carried, a plywood box has been made so that it is not displayed publicly. Other necessary measures have been taken to keep the idol safe and secure.
Several officials from the Habra police station are keeping a strict watch near the artist's house and the work. Since jewelry has arrived, the master's house has a severe eye along with high protection to give. Along with this, CCTV cameras have been installed inside as well as outside of the house to monitor the place at all times.
The idol of Durga is sculpted by artist Indrajit Poddar, who is a renowned professional from North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. Studded with real American diamond and gold, the Golden Avatari Durga will adorn the pandal of Agartala’s Chatra Bandhu club.
Poddar started working on the idol in March and is waiting for the day when this idol will adorn the beauty of Agartala. Here is what Poddar shared, ‘We began the main fiber structure in March and the gold work commenced from April and by July we had started working on the idol. The idol will be transported to Agartala using air-cargo,’ Poddar said. He added that a little work that is left unfinished would be done once the idol reaches its destination in Tripura.
Poddar is an experienced artist who keeps experimenting with unique material like barks of a tree, shells, pearls and fruit seeds. In 2014, he made an idol of pearl which is currently preserved in Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala.
No wonder, Agartala will have some of the greatest footballers this month who will pay a visit to seek the blessings of Goddess Durga. It seems like the arrival of Goddess Durga on the land of Agartala has brought the hope of progress and development in the city.
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