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45-feet tall Saraswati idol unveiled in Gopalganj

  • Published at 08:35 pm February 10th, 2019
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Photo of 45-feet tall idol of goddess Saraswati during Saraswati puja held on February 10, 2019 in Kandi union of Kotalipara, Gopalganj Dhaka Tribune

A 3-day long fair was arranged to accompany the puja celebration

The people of Kandi union in Kotalipara, Gopalganj had a unique devotional worship experience at this year’s Saraswati puja-- brought on by a 45-feet tall idol.

The giant likeness of the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom, and learning was created by Sribash Gain Paul, a 45 year old sculptor.

The puja was held around 10am on Sunday at the Aambari village’s Sri Sri Radha Govinda and Ganesh Sevashram Chattar. This year’s Saraswati puja was organized by the youths of Kandi union’s Aambari village. 

A 3-day long fair was arranged to accompany the puja celebration.

People from near and far came to the Aambari village to participate in the celebration. Kotalipara celebrates Saraswati Puja each year with fervor and festivity, but the event was even more special this year.

Sribash Gain said he had created a 40-feet tall idol before, but this is the first time he has carved a 45-feet tall icon.

He said: “I have created figures like this in different parts Bangladesh before. I usually charge around Tk1.5 lakh for sculptures of this scale; but Gopalganj is my home district and Aambari is the village I was born in.

“I will happily accept whatever honorarium the organizers can provide.”

Sribash Gain Paul created the idol with the help of his team of six assistants.

Pujari Sumangal Dhali, 65, said: “I have been conducting pujas for over 40 years. I have never seen an idol as tall as this.

I was asked to conduct pujas in several other areas today. I cancelled it all in favour of this occasion.”

Puja Committee President Antar Gain, 30, said: “We, the youths of this area, have organized this puja and fair.

We spent around Tk3 lakh for the arrangements; but we are elated that it was such a great success.”

Gautam Dakua, a visitor from Pirojpur said: “Aambar is the native village of my wife. When I heard the puja this year was going to feature a 45-feet tall Saraswati idol, I made no delay in arranging to be here for the event with my whole family.”

Kandi Union Parishad Chairman Uttam Kumar Baroi said: “I am very happy that my union is holding such an event.

I will do my best my help the youths organize a bigger and better event next year.”