DEMOW: Mani Paul, a resident of Demow Dehajan and owner of Rongpur Silpalay which is in Demow Dehajan, along with his staff has been making idols for Puja for the last 46 years. He is a popular artisan in Demow area.
Talking with this correspondent, Mani Paul said that this year along with three to four staff, he has been making idols of Goddess Saraswati for the last two months and the materials for making the idols come from Kolkata. Mani Paul has made 70 idols this time and his idols usually go to Sivasagar, Nitaipukhuri, Rajabari, Rajmai, Athabari, Thowra and colleges of Demow along with the surrounding areas. The rate of a small idol of Goddess Saraswati is Rs 1,000 and that of a medium size idol is Rs 3,000.
On the other hand, the rate of a big idol is Rs 7,000. He said that compared to the previous years, this year he did not receive many orders for idols. He added that this was due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act which had dampened the spirit of people. Saraswati Puja will be held on Wednesday.