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Durga Puja

Artisans busy making idols in Rajshahi

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  • 15 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Artisans busy making idols in Rajshahi

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RAJSHAHI: Idol makers are passing their busy days in making idols of Hindu deities ahead of Durga Puja festival in Rajshahi city and eight districts of the division.

With only 16 days left, the Idol makers are working round the clock to make sure that the idols are ready in time.

The Idol makers hope to earn better earnings this year as the number of Puja mandaps has increased in the region.

Kartik Chandra Paul, an idol maker of Alupotti Kumarpara area of the city said cost of raw materials including clay, rope, straw, bamboo and jute for idols have highly increased.

“Five to eight workers need 20-25 days for making a large idol while smaller ones need around two weeks each,” he added.

Kartik Paul, who has been involved in the idol-making profession for over 25 years, has made 30 idols in the last two months in the current season and has been working for seven more others at present. Taka 35,000 to 60,000 are spent for each of the idols, he said.

He said that about one hundred Paul groups of Rajshahi are now busy making idols for mandaps and they have already completed 80 per cent of the work of making the idols.

Swapon Ghosh, a devotee who supervises a puja mandap in Kumarpara area of the city, informed that preparations for the upcoming Durga Puja have become costlier due to high price of the raw materials as well as increased charges of idol makers, purohits and dhakis.

Shyamal Kumar Ghosh, Rajshahi city unit president of Puja Udjapan Parishad, told that the Durga Puja will be celebrated in 96 Puja mandaps in Rajshahi metropolis and in 3,563 others in eight districts of Rajshahi division from October 1 to 5.

Around 1,000 idol makers are engaged in making idols for Durga Puja in the division.

Decorations of temples, lighting, and setting up of mandaps are expected to turn the city into a festive look within the next couple of days, Shyamal Ghosh added.