New Delhi: In a bid to mark the occasion of Makara Sankranti, an artisan from Hyderabad has used gold and silver to craft miniature versions of a kite and face mask. He made the art pieces to offer to Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati as kite flying is a major part of the festival of Makara Sankranti which is associated with the harvest of the rabi crops.Also Read - Andhra Family Treats Future Son-in-Law With 365 Different Types of Food on Makar Sankranti

Speaking to news agency ANI, the artisan, Anand Reddy said, “Every year, I create miniature silver or gold kite and Manjha to offer to Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati after the festival. Kite and Manjha weigh 2.58 grams.” Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: Woman dies after kite string slits her throat

The miniature gold kite Reddy made is a realistic portrayal of the real kite attached with a string and holder for the string and each part is made in gold. Meanwhile, the mask is a miniature replica of the face mask that has become the new norm due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - Odisha Imposes Ban On Religious Gatherings At River Ghats, Restrictions on Rituals | Full Guidelines Here

“This year, due to the ongoing coronavirus, I have also created a miniature face mask out of silver to create an awareness among people,” added Reddy.

Urging people to follow the COVID-19 guidelines and to help India in getting rid of this pandemic, Reddy said, “Everyone must put on face masks and maintain social distance.”

Apart from being a craftsman, Reddy also runs a fast food shop near Charminar and puts up a kite stall every year on the occasion.

(With ANI inputs)