Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan: Sudarsan Pattnaik creates sand art of Ram Temple on Puri beach
Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a replica of Ram temple on Odisha’s Puri beach, on the eve of its ground-breaking ceremony in Ayodhya. Pattnaik said, he was keen to create a sand sculpture of the temple at Ayodhya during bhoomi pujan, but had to do it on Puri beach because of an outbreak of Covid-19. "In fact, I visited Ayodhya last year and conducted a study for the purpose. However, I had to change my plans due to the pandemic," he said. Pattnaik tweeted pictures and video of his sand sculpture at the beach. He shared the tweet with the caption, "#JaiShriRam ...On the auspicious day of foundation stone laying ceremony for #RamMandirAyodhya by Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji. My SandArt at Puri beach in Odisha (sic)."
The artist said, he has created a five-feet tall replica of the temple on the beach for which he used about four tonnes of sand. It took around five hours to create this sculpture. "We are very happy that after a long wait, the temple is going to be constructed. It is a historic day for us," said Pattnaik. The ceremony on August 5 (today) will mark the beginning of the construction of Ram mandir, after a decades-long title suit over the site in Ayodhya which was settled by Supreme Court last November. PM Modi will be taking part in the historic event of Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan in Ayodhya along with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and 170 other guests. Recipient of many awards, Pattnaik has participated in more than 60 international sand art competitions across the world and won a number of prizes for the country.