Idol makers busy ahead of Durga Puja
RAJSHAHI, Sept 13: Idol makers commonly known as Pauls are passing their busy days in making idols of Hindu deities ahead of Durga Puja festival in Rajshahi city, nine upazilas of the district.
With only three weeks left, the Pauls are working round the clock to make sure that the idols are ready in time.
The Pauls hope for earning better earnings this year as the number of Puja mandaps has increased in the region.
Kartik Chandra Paul, an idol maker of Alupotti Kumarpara area of the city said cost of raw materials including clay, rope, straw, bamboo and jute for idols have highly been increased.
"Five to eight workers need 10-15 days for making a large idol while smaller ones need around two weeks each," he added.
Kartik Paul, who is involved in idol-making profession for over 24 years, has made 27 idols in last two months in the current season and has been working for seven more others at present. Taka 30,000 to 60,000 are spent for each of the idols, he said. -BSS