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Sudarsan Pattnaik’s 100 sand chariots on Puri beach set World record

Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has set another world record and got place in Limca Book of Records by carving 100 sand chariots at the Puri beach in Odisha.

“I have got an official confirmation from Limca Book of Records about it. Twenty-five students of my institute and I started working on the 100 chariots/raths from Friday. On Monday afternoon, we completed them. We have used about 800 bags of sand,” Padma Shri awardee Sudarsan said today.

Odisha Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda inaugurated the 100 sand chariots and congratulated the team yesterday.

Sudarsan Pattnaik already has 20 world records to his credit. He has been making sand art related to Rath Yatra every year.

Sudarsan Pattnaik, who was conferred Padma Sri recently, has taken part in more than 50 international sand art championships and festivals around the globe and won many prizes. His sand sculptures have social themes based on current topics.

The renowned sand artist says, sand art is believed to have originated during Rath Yatra in the 16th century by Balaram Das, a staunch devotee of Jagannath and a famous poet who was once humiliated by servitors and not allowed to pull the chariots during Rath Yatra. He then went to the beach and sculpted chariots on the sand.

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