The Hindu festival Navratri which celebrates the victory of good over evil begins with the end of Pitra Paksha and beginning of Devi Paksha. This festival of worshipping Goddess Durga is celebrated in different ways in various parts of the country. Likewise in many other states, even in the northeastern state of Assam the festival is celebrated with devotion and piousness.
A 101-foot tall idol of Goddess Durga has been made of bamboo in Guwahati, Assam. The idol is all set to make an entry into the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s tallest bamboo sculpture. Atleast 5,000 bamboo poles have been used in the making of the idol. Art director Nuruddin Ahmed and his team of 40 artists are creating the idol for Guwahati’s Bishnupur Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee.
The construction of the idol that had begun on August 1 was earlier planned by the Committee to make it 110 feet. However, a devastating storm on September 17 crashed the entire structure. Mr Ahmed, who has been designing Durga idols since 1975 made this idol without using any metal or plastic. He said, “On the 17th of this month, the whole structure came crashing because of the strong storm. It was a challenge to complete the project in just six days.”
Ahmed also added, “People encouraged us to start afresh and we have already managed to finish almost 70% of the structure.”
Ahmed a Muslim by religion is often asked why he makes Durga idols, to which he proudly says, “An artist has no religion and his only religion and duty is to serve humanity.”
Durga Puja that marks the battle of goddess Durga with the demon Mahishasura and her victory is celebrated four-days and this year celebration begins on September 27.