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Jorhat Artist Creates Magic, Makes Durga Idol With Old Newspapers

Jorhat artisan Anjan Tamuli shows how to adopt the eco-friendly way to celebrate the festivities with pomp and gaiety


Taking the eco-friendly way, a Jorhat artisan is grabbing eyeballs for his unique approach of making Durga idols and other deities with waste newspapers for the much awaited annual Hindu festival–Durgotsav.

While artisans across the country are busy giving the last strokes to the idols of Goddess Durga, Anjan Tamuli of Rowriahjan, Kathanibari village, Jorhat district has set an example for the others to follow by using wheat and waste newspapers to make the idols of Durga Puja.

Photo: Ritu Raj Phukan

The Jorhat youth has made an 11 feet tall Durga idol made out of waste papers doing away the use of toxic chemicals and paints keeping in view of causing any harm to the green environment.

Since the last 5 years, Anjan has been organizing Durga Puja at his residence and drawn a lot of attention from the people. Devotees in large numbers throng his residence to seek blessings from the Goddess and sing heaps of praise for his unique effort.

The youth believes that instead of using toxic chemicals which causes great harm to the environment during the immersion, the organizing committees should adopt eco-friendly techniques for safe festivities.

A total of 30 kg waste paper was used to make all the idols of the festival including Ganesha, Kartikeya, Lakshmi, “buffalo demon” Mahishashura  at an estimated cost of Rs 4000.

Inputs & Photo: Ritu Raj Phukan