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Vikash Sharma

For the second consecutive year, festivities across India have been adversely impacted due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation. Various state governments have announced restrictions on public observance of festivals to curb any further spike in Covid cases and limit the impact of a possible third wave.

On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi today, people across Odisha invoked Lord Ganesh, who is also hailed as Vighnaharta (the remover of obstacles). Several institutions observed the occasion in a low key manner. However, everybody in unison prayed for universal peace and invoked Lord Ganesh to protect all from the marauding grip of coronavirus.

The Ganesh chaturthi celebrations across Odisha were observed in strict compliance of the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the State government for the festive season.

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik sculpted a unique sand art at Puri sea beach to mark the occasion.

For the first time, Patnaik used sea shells to sculpt the art which was appreciated by all. He also appealed people to follow Covid appropriate behaviour during celebrations.

“We have used nearly 7,000 sea shells to come up with the sand art to promote “World Peace”. I hope this is the world’s first ‘Seashells with sand installation’ art on Lord Ganesh,” said Pattnaik.

Apart from Pattnaik, Jatni-based artist L Eshwar Rao created two miniature idols of Lord Ganesh. Using electronic waste carbon materials, Rao has created a 1-cm idol of Lord Ganesh. He has also created another miniature idol using the root of a turmeric plant.

“Through my art, I have tried to wish people across the country on the occasion of Ganesh chaturthi,” said Rao.

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