The festivities of Durga Puja has gripped the 'City of Joy'. The streets are being light-up with variegated colours setting a perfect malieu for the biggest festival of the region. Different types of idols are being installed at nummerous pandals all across the state.
This puja pandel, who known for using ostentatious jewellery in the past has installed a goddess Durga idol made of around 50 kg gold. Around 250 workers, who worked in day and night, completed Durga idol of gold in 3 months.
WB: Durga idol at the pandal of a puja committee in Kolkata, has been made of 50 kg gold. Sajal Ghosh, committee's General Secy says "It took 3 months for 250 workers to install it. Pandal's interior made in the replica of Sheesh Mahal,exterior in Mayapur ISKCON temple's replica" pic.twitter.com/Pi4ZDDWOcG— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2019
In the year 2017, the organisers of the puja had draped Maa Durga in a gold saree and in 2018 she was astride a silver chariot.
According to Sajal Ghosh, committee's General Secretary, it took three months for 250 workers to install the goddess and two and a half months to complete the pandal.
"Only the arms of Maa Durga are made of silver but the whole idol from top to bottom has been made of 50 kg gold. Pandal's interior is a replica of sheesh mahal where several tonnes of glass has been used and the exterior is a replica of Mayapur's ISKCON temple," Ghosh said.
He further stated that since a lot of "MNCs have come up with machines to make jewellery because of which the business of Bengal gold-makers have gone down, they wanted to show the country that only 'Vishwakarma' (gold-artists) can make goddess and saree of gold or chariot of silver and not any machine."