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Idols made of pencil, rubber, rice & more

There’s one made of pencil and rubber, another of wheat, of beaten rice, fancy stones, hawan material and Khada masala (whole spices)

By Amit Bhelari in Patna
  • Published 13.10.18, 12:10 AM
  • Updated 13.10.18, 12:10 AM
  • 2 mins read
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Jitendra Kumar puts finishing touches on an idol made of beaten rice Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh

Brothers Jitendra Kumar, 30, and Chandan Kumar, 28, are busy giving finishing touches to six unique Durga Puja idols this year.

There’s one made of pencil and rubber, another of wheat, of beaten rice, fancy stones, hawan material and Khada masala (whole spices).

Every Durga Puja, such unique idols are the centre of attraction, drawing maximum number of visitors, who come from far-off places to take a look at these unique attractions.

Revellers can see two unique idols at one place, one made from pencil and rubber and another from whole spice (15kg) at Amrudhi Gali under the banner of Athletic Club.

Jitendra said he has also used slate pencil to give a different look to the idols.

Altogether, 3,000 pencils and 1,000 erasers are being used and the idol would be around 8ft tall.

The heights of all the other idols would be 6ft.

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Ekta Club’s idol in Brahmapur attracts people because it is made up from 5kg of beaten rice it.

(From above) The idols made of pencils and erasers, whole spices, and fancy stones
(From above) The idols made of pencils and erasers, whole spices, and fancy stones Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh

Another idol to be installed by Azad Club at Mussalpur under Shri Shri Bharat Mata Pooja Samiti has been made using 10kg of wheat.

A thousand fancy stones are being used for the idol to be placed at the Youth Indian Club in Bhavan Pokhar locality and 25kg of havan material would go into the Naya Chak locality idol under New Star Student Ekta Club.

The brothers are famous for making unique idols for which different puja committees approach them.

They have been doing this for the past 12 years. Earlier, they have made idols from pasta, rajma (kidney beans), sauf (fennel seeds), cashew nut, raisins, almond and pista, coins, artificial clay, cheese and mosquito coils.

“It takes lot of effort to make such idols because it is a minute work. That’s the

reason the height of such idols is not big. It is very small,

compared to an average idol but it attracts visitors a lot,” Chandan said.

As things stands now, the two artists are busy giving finishing touches and will complete the work by October 15. It will be delivered to the respective pandals the next day.

The unique idols are coming up at the Community Hall of Kasturba Nagar near Bazaar Samiti.

The cost of such idols varies from Rs 50,000 to Rs 100,000, depending on the material used in their making.