| Mayank gives final touches to his Saraswati idol on Thursday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
A young techie with a knack for making idols but no formal training has made a 15ft-tall Saraswati idol for Friday’s puja in his locality.
The initiative of Kumar Mayank, the 24-year-old resident of Uran Tola locality in Anisabad, is a display of his devotion and craftsmanship. He said: “My mother is a cancer patient since 1992. I am very fortunate that my mother is still alive and I feel it is God’s grace. So to show my respect to the Almighty, I started making different idols from childhood.”
Earlier Mayank, a BTech alumnus of Shobhit University, Meerut, made idols as part of his hobby, but this time he took it upon himself to prepare the “Mahasaraswati” idol with eight hands for Uran Tola.
His neighbours are also excited and happy with the work of the religious youth. Satyanarayan Pandit, a 65-year-old resident, said: “I have no words to express my feelings. Very few people can do what Vicky (as Mayank is better known in his area) has done. I am not surprised though, because I know religious people can execute things that very few people can do. As much as I know Vicky, he is very religious.”
Mayank said: “My neighbours are appreciating my job. I realised that I did something different for the first time when one of them (neighbours) spotted my work and told me that I was doing an excellent job.”