Being a Muslim, he says, he is often asked why he makes Durga idols. But the proud artist says, “An artist has no religion and his only religion and duty is to serve humanity.”
Deep Ahmed, who is supervising the project, says that they haven’t used any metal or plastic in this idol and it’s completely green. Earlier, the organisers had planned a taller idol. In fact, the initial structure was approximately 110 feet. “But then on the 17th of this month, the whole structure came crashing because of the strong storm. It was a challenge to complete the project in just six days,” he said.
“People encouraged us to start afresh and we have already managed to finish almost 70 per cent of the structure,” he added.
Durga Puja marks the battle of goddess Durga with the demon Mahishasura and her victory. The festival epitomises the victory of good over evil, and is celebrated with merrymaking and joyous festivities. The four-day celebrations begin on September 27.