25 students assist artiste Sudarsan Pattnaik to build the mammoth structure

Odisha’s well-known sand artiste, Sudarsan Pattnaik, has created yet another wonder erecting a 35 feet by 75 feet sand idol of Lord Jesus.

1,000 tonnes of sand

Mr Pattnaik used about 1,000 tonnes of sand mixed with coloured sand in the statue which comprised the sculptures of Lord Jesus, Mother Mary and Santa Claus.

He was assisted by 25 of his students at the Sudarsan Sand Art Institute of Puri, took three days to build the mammoth structure, which will be on display from December 24 till January 1.

Letter from Limca Book

Pilgrims who are in the temple town during the ongoing festive season are thronging the beach everyday for a glimpse of the marvellous structure. Mr Pattnaik had already created seven world records registered with the Limca Book of Records. “I’ve received an official letter from the Limca Book of Record’s senior editor Arthy Muthanna Singh to proceed with making the biggest sand statue of Lord Jesus,” he said.