Mangaluru, September 1, 2019: Three artistes of Manipal Sand Heart team have made a unique 12-ft tall idol of Lord Ganesh using artificial currency notes of 21 countries.
The art work was inaugurated at Sai Radha Motors on Vidya Samudra Road near Old Gitanjali Theatre in Udupi on August 31, Saturday.
Artistes Srinath Manipal, Venki Palimar and Ravi Hirebettu named the idol as “Vishwa Dhanadheepa Ganesha.”
Apart from the currency notes of India, notes from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Afghanistan, Bhutan, UAE, the US, Israel and other countries have been used. These currency notes have been artistically placed to make Ganesha idol.
The team of artists in the past had made Ganesh idols out of paper cup, handmade paper, handloom items, biscuits, pulses and others during the previous Ganesha Chathurthi festivals.
DK for tight security: The Dakshina Kannada police have strengthened security for the Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations.
According to Superintendent of Police B M Laxmiprasad, Ganeshotsava is observed at 220 locations. This includes 19 hypersensitive areas and 63 sensitive areas in Dakshina Kannada (barring Commissionerate jurisdiction), he added.
To provide suitable security for the occasion, 697 civil police personnel, five DAR platoons, four KSRP platoons and 226 Home Guard personnel have been deployed in the district, the superintendent stressed.