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Popular Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik and his students create 7 minute film which depicts the rituals associated with Nabakalebara(Jagannathji of Puri temple).

This short film tell story of ritual Nabakalebara, which occurs every twelve to nineteen years when there are two months (joda masa) of Ashadha as per the Hindu calendar.

The idols are made from a special type of neem wood known as Daru Bramha. Since Jagannath’s Nabakalebara is mostly a secret ritual, which cannot be shot on camera, Sudarshan has used 5 kilos of holy sand from the Puri beach, wonderfully visualizing the concept through sand animation and telling the entire story in seven minutes.

“Odisha Tourism is proud to be associated with Sudarsan Pattnaik. This film will be showcased across the globe,” tourism secretary Arvind Padhee said.

The sand art animation film was launched at Bhubaneswar in the presence of Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati, Development Commissioner Upendra Nath Behera and Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister, Aditya Prasad Padhi.

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