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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

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  • Dilip Moharana, a Plus III student from Berhampur, has created a miniature of Srimandir using small pieces of wood
  • Subhranshu Nayak from Rajsunakhala has come up with miniature sculptures of three chariots using matchsticks

Lord Jagannath is beyond any limits and so are the imaginations of the artists and devotees.

Two devotees from Odisha paid obeisance to the Trinity through their works in different forms before world famous Rath Yatra on July 12.

Dilip Moharana, a Plus III student from Berhampur, has created a miniature of Srimandir using small pieces of wood to pay his tribute to the Supreme Lord.

The young artist form Bada Bazar area had to work hard for two to three hours every day during the lockdown period to create the master piece.

Though Dilip has never seen the ancient temple in Puri, he created the fine art work by observing the image of the temple on television, newspapers and books.

“I have never been to Puri to get a glimpse of Srimandir. However, I have heard a lot about the incredible monument from my uncle and other devotees. I have ardent devotion for Lord Jagannath and it inspired me to create the model of Srimandir,” said Dilip. 

“I had some leisure time after attending my online classes during the lockdown period. I used that period in a creative endeavour to make this fine art. It’s all about Lord Jagannath’s grace and blessings,” he said with modesty.

In another similar kind of story, Subhranshu Nayak from Rajsunakhala of Nayagarh district has come up with miniature sculptures of three chariots using matchsticks ahead of the Rath Yatra with idols of three deities, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and their sister Subhadra, placed inside them.

While Nandighosh, the chariot of Lord Jagannath, is 2.9 inch tall, the height of Lord Balabhadra’s Chariot Taladhwaj is three inch stall. The height of Subhadra’s chariot Darpadalana is 2.8 inch tall. The fine art has been selected to be part of the India Book and Asia Book of Records.

“Due To Covid-19 pandemic the world famous Rath Yatra is not allowed anywhere except Puri this year. I have created the miniature of the chariots to celebrate Rath Yatra and worship Lord Jagannath at my home,” said the 10th class student.

Meanwhile, eminent artist Subal Moharana has also created another miniature version of Lord Jagannath’s chariot by using small sticks. The chariot has a height of 1.5 cm, width of 1.4 cm and weight of 140 mg.

Earlier, he was selected for World Book of Records, Asia Books of Records, Incredible Books of Records and Wonder Books of Records by making world’s smallest chariot of Lord Jagannath. The height of the chariot was 2.3 cm and its width was 1.9 cm.
 

(Edited by Rasmi Ranjan Mohanty)
 

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