New Delhi: It is that time of the year, when people across the country bring Ganpati Bappa home with great fervour and pomp to mark the grand occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha, son of Shiva and Parvati. The festival is celebrated by installing Ganesha idols in homes or at publicly organised pandals and community centres for a few days, followed by the send-off with a procession charged with chants, music and dance in praises of Lord Ganesha. Marking the occasion in a unique way, internationally renowned sand artist, Sudarshan Pattnaik created an exquisite depiction of Lord Ganesha by installing pieces of steel bowls with a message of ‘World Peace’ at the Puri beach on Monday (September 18).
Talking about his latest piece of sand art, Mr Pattnaik told news agency ANI,
We created this special sand sculpture for Ganesh puja. The sculpture was shaped using steel and sand. As much as 100 kgs of steel and about 1,000 different steel items went into the making of this sand art. Every year, for Ganesh puja, we try to come up with something new. This time we have sent out the message of ‘World Peace’ through our art.
#WATCH | Puri, Odisha: Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture of Lord Ganesh by installing pieces of steel bowls with a message of 'World Peace' for Ganesh Chaturthi. (18.09) pic.twitter.com/CpGctA9Lrt— ANI (@ANI) September 18, 2023
The 10-day festival that began on September 19 will end through elaborate immersion processions. The ‘visarjan’ is an important ritual during the festival as it symbolises that everything is temporary in the mortal world and whatever comes here, goes back to nature.
This is not the first sand art, Sudarsan Pattnaik has created on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi with a message. In past few years, Mr Pattnaik’s art included a sand sculpture of Lord Ganesh with 1000 plastic bottles to give a message against single-use plastic to save the environment. Not just Ganesh Chaturthi, Mr Pattnaik doesn’t leave any opportunity to spread awareness about the environment and encourage people to take up the responsibility of their planet and live a sustainable, healthy life that will help build a swasth India.
In Pics: Sudarsan Pattnaik’s Previous Sand Arts
Let's join hand, rise to the clarion call of Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi and save our environment. #SayNoToSingleUsePlastic My Sand Art at #Puri beach in Odisha on the auspicious occasion of #GaneshChaturthi . pic.twitter.com/DjVIYkPniI— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) September 2, 2019
MASK, HAND WASHING, SOCIAL DISTANCING & NO CROWD .— Sasi Dash (@sasidash1) September 19, 2020
Let's us be all safe. Let's prevent Corona. https://t.co/HZaq3pBQRs
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