Satya Maharana, an artist from Odisha’s Berhampur, broke his own record by creating the smallest chariot of Lord Jagannath in wood with a height of 4.5 inches and 3 inches width.
The chariot he made in 2017 had a height of 8 inches and a width of 5 inches. 30-year-old Maharana has set several international and national records for creating smallest artifacts.
“This is the smallest chariot is fitted with 16 wheels, four horses, the parswa deities, two parrots upside down, Dadhinauti and Patitapaban Bana. The height of Lord Jagannath and Sarathi is half-inch both. It took me 15 days to complete the work and the process strained my eyes,” Maharana said.
Three leading institutions, including Asia Pacific Record, National Records and World Record of India, have recognized his recent Lord Jagannath chariot as the smallest in the world and awarded certificates to him in this regard in the first week of this month.
Maharana took part in the International Sand Art Festival held in Konark last year and his works on Swachh Bharat, Indian heritage and global warming were largely appreciated. The sculptor trained more than 200 students on sand art at a Raahagiri event in Berhampur earlier this year and intends to popularise the art and culture of Odisha among youths.