Bengalis are known for going all out when it comes to Durga Puja, their most important festival. Be it idols, pandals or the overall decoration, the grandeur of Pujas in eastern India is perhaps unmatched. Pujas in Kolkata mostly take the cake in this regard. However, this year, Agartala is going to give the Kolkata pujas a run for their money, thanks to the most expensive Durga idol, made purely of gold.
Indrajit Poddar, an artist from North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal has sculpted the Durga idol, worth a whopping Rs 4 crores. This idol studded with American diamonds and gold is going to adorn the pandal of Agartala’s Chatra Bandhu club. No wonder, this pandal might see one of the highest footfalls in Tripura as the devotees will surely be interested to see this idol.
Indrajit Poddar-the veteran artist
Poddar has been making idols for more than a decade. He often experiments with unique materials and components such as tree bark, fruit seeds or even shells and pearls. Back in 2014, he had made an idol studded with pearls for the same club which later went on to be preserved at the Ujjayanta Palace in Agartala.
Poddar gets the choicest ornaments sourced from a leading Kolkata based jewellery showroom. The idol is being made up of glass fibre and the entire canopy reaches up to 10.5 feet.
Goddess Durga along with her four children Laxmi, Saraswati, Ganesh and Kartik have all been adorned with the gold. Poddar began working on the idol in March soon after receiving the order from the club.
‘We began the main fibre structure in March and the gold work commenced from April and by July we had started working on the idol. The idol will be transported to Agartala using air-cargo,’ Poddar said. He added that a little work that is left unfinished will be done once the idol reaches its destination in Tripura.
Durga idol getting high security
Considering the gargantuan price of the idol, apparently it has received very high security. A secured plywood box has been specially made to carry the idol. Several officials from the Habra police station have been keeping a strict watch near the artist’s house and the work area since the jewellery arrived earlier this week. CCTV cameras have also been installed to monitor the place at all times.