Jatni: As Hindus all over the world celebrated Maha Shivratri on Friday, renowned miniature artist L Eswar Rao worshipped Lord Shiva in his own artistic way. He crafted a miniature model of ‘Shiva Linga’ on a pencil nib and on the stone inside a small bottle on the auspicious occasion. Also Read - Maha Shivratri: Hrithik Roshan Along With ex-wife Sussanne Khan Performs Shiv Puja at Temple
Rao hails from Jatni village in Khurda district that is around 20 KM from the state capital Bhubaneswar. Also Read - 'Har Har Mahadeva': President Kovind, PM Modi & Rahul Gandhi Greet the Nation on Maha Shivratri
Speaking to ANI, Rao said: “On the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, I crafted smallest 0.5 inches stone-made ‘Shiva Linga’ inside a bottle and 0.5cm on a pencil nib. I took two days for stone made inside the smallest bottle and a day for work on pencil nib.” Also Read - For Some Bhakts...: Shashi Tharoor Has a Message For Many on This Maha Shivratri
‘It was very tough to fix four small pieces of soft stones inside a bottle to craft a ‘Shiva Linga’, he said.
Prior to this, Rao had carved the World Cup trophy on a pencil tip using tamarind seeds as a tribute to the Indian team and ahead of Christmas last year, he created church inside a bottle.
As the pictures of his creation went viral, people applauded his talent. One user wrote, ”Proud of you Eswar….you made our Jatni proud in the global map’.’
Maha Shivratri is an annual festival to celebrate the marriage between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. On the occasion, devotees observe fast and pray all night long to seek blessings from the Mahadeva.