Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 19:
In a first of its kind initiative, Anant Prasad, a devotee of Lord Jagannath, has got himself a tattoo to mark the Nabakalebara festival of Odisha.
“While there have been many designs of tattoos on Lord Jagannath, this is the very first one in the world to depict the Nabakalebara,” said the owner of Skivas studio and tattoo artist Om Acharya.
Om used needles of 36 varieties to draw the tattoo on a 108 Square Inch area over Anant’s back. It took him 15 hours spread over three sessions to complete it.
The coloured tattoo depicts the Bay of Bengal, a floating daru, the Puri temple, the flag over the Neelachakra, the roundel representing the Lord’s eye and the three chariots etc beautifully.
“I planned for the tattoo a month back. I belong to Puri and am closely attached to Lord Jagannath. I wanted to imprint the all important Nabakalebara festival of the Lord and the Jagannath culture on the canvas of my body permanently,” said Anant.
The design of the tattoo was made by Sunil Sahu, a PG student of Painting Department in Utkal Culture University.