Hoping to bewitch revellers with its radiance and opulence, a goddess Durga idol made of 50 kg gold worth around a whopping Rs 20 crore is nearing completion at a community puja marquee in central Kolkata.
The 13-feet tall idol is coming up at the famed Santosh Mitra Square, earlier called Lebutala, about 700 meter from the bustling Sealdah Railway station, making the organisers confident of the marquee becoming The Destination during the coming five-day Durga puja carnival - the biggest festival in this part of the world - beginning October 4.
"Nobody has ever in the past conceived the form of the goddess in pure gold. It is our kanak durga (gold Durga) made of 50 kg of the costly yellow metal from top to bottom," said the community puja marquee president Pradip Ghosh.
With ten grams of gold now costing close to Rs 40,000, the Durga idol itself would be valued at around Rs 20 crore.
However, it is not that the puja organisers have spent such an astounding amount from their pocket to procure the yellow metal for the idol.
One or more gold jewellers have come forward to make the gold available for making the idol. They would get the gold back after the idol's token immersion.
Courtesy - IANS