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Idols made out of waste materials draw praise

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DERGAON, Jan 30 - An advocate from a village near Dergaon has been praised by all for making idols with waste paper and other bio-degradable materials, thereby contributing towards environment conservation.

 

Anjan Tamuly, an advocate by profession and the son of Dimbeswar tamuly and Charu Tamuly of Roroiwahjan Kathanibari village in Jorhat district, makes eco-friendly idols for different occasions to set an example of conducting pujas without pollution.

 

Tamuly started making idols of Goddess Durga in 2009 while he was studying in class 9. He started celebrating Durga Puja in his residence with such an idol made by himself and continued it for five consecutive years.

 

This time, he made an idol of Saraswati, the goddess of education, with paper and other bio-degradable materials for the puja at West Jorhat Jatiya Vidyalaya.

 

Tamuly said he had an interest in the arts and wanted to do something for environment conservation. “I use waste paper mainly for the idol as raw materials along with art paper, coloured paper, wood pieces, etc. For affixing the paper, I use cotton thread, flour, etc., which are eco-friendly. I also use bio-degradable colours for the idol,” he said.

 

West Jorhat Jatiya Vidyalaya principal Ranjit Kumar Borah said Tamuly’s efforts were really praiseworthy. “As the materials are eco-friendly, I urge all to use such idols in pujas,” he said. “Since flour is used in making the idol, that would be a good food item for the fishes after immersion of the idol,” he added.

 

General meeting of Bapuji Mandir: The biennial general meeting of the historic Bapuji Mandir, the centre of cultural heritage of greater Dergaon, will be held on February 2.

 

A new management committee will be formed for smooth functioning of the institution established in 1930. Originally established as Dergaon Dharma Mandir, was renamed Bapuji Mandir after father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi visited the place during his second visit to Assam in 1948.

 

Leopard killed: A female leopard was hacked to death at Negheriting tea estate in Golaghat district recently, taking the number of leopards killed in the district to three from April 2019 till date.

 

The four-year-old leopard was killed at the tea garden, 1.5 km from the Dergaon Forest Beat Office.

 

After receiving complaints from residents of the No.16 line of the tea estate, Forest Department personnel placed a cage to capture the leopard which had attacked a person a few days ago.

 

However, the carcass of the leopard was found on Monday. The leopard had three cut injuries made by sharp weapons at the mouth, backbone and back leg.

 

Forest Beat Officer Jatin Gogoi said they had tried to capture the leopard but the residents killed it. “I have lodged an FIR at the Dergaon PS against the killers,” he said.

 

Source: The Assam Tribune, Guwahati, Friday, January 31, 2020