A 40-foot tall rakhi erected at Udayabhanu Kala Sangha Grounds on Bull Temple Road in the city, as part of the Universal Brotherhood Raksha Bandhan Festival, has gained entry into the Limca Book of Records.
Over 150 artisans worked for over a month to erect the giant rakhi, measuring 40-ft high and 400 ft wide, made up of steel rods, styrofoam, silk cloth, ribbon/lace, bamboo mats, flex colour prints, rope, besides other decorative materials.
The rakhi has been erected by Brahma Kumaris, Chamarajapet, to foster universal brotherhood as part of the five-day festival. The giant rakhi will be on display till August 21.
The venue has other attractions too. A sound-and-light show displaying a 21-foot-long ‘Kumbhakarna’ image; film screening, exhibition on spirituality, mediation and social messages apart from a meditation hut. Besides, there will be mass meditation, cultural programmes and contests in drawing, singing and dance on the theme of universal brotherhood. During the festival, it is planned to tie rakhi for over 15,000 people.
Marketing Manager of Limca Book of Records V.V.R. Murthy conferred a certificate to the organisers during the inaugural programme on Saturday.
Seer of Sri Adhichunchangiri Math Nirmalanandanatha Swami inaugurated the festival in the presence of MLA R.V. Devaraj and Rajayogini Brahma Kumari Padmaji, sub-zonal director of Brahma Kumaris.
The giant rakhi has been installed to create awareness on social evils such as alcoholism, addiction, atrocities on women and also global warming and deforestation.