22-foot tall sea shell Ganesha idol enters Guinness records

A 22-foot tall Ganesha idol made of sea shells and conches by a Mysuru artist Radha Mallappa has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘largest sea shell sculpture’.

The idol was created using only sea shells and conches that were glued together with­out any base and the idol is hollow.

It is said that it took four years for Radha to complete the idol. The artist procured sea shells and conches of various sizes, colours and shapes from Rameswaram and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu and also from Singa­pore and Hong Kong. The idol can be disassembled and assembled again which helps her take the idol to various places for exhibitions.

The artist has spent Rs 6 lakh to make the idol and used 420 kg of sea shells and worked for about four hours a day to build the idol where no artificial colours are used.

Radha is a native of Hul­lahalli in Nanjangud. She has also made Taj Mahal, Shiva­laya, Hanuman in Ravana’s durbar, Buddha under the Bodhi tree, Penguins and many more.

Radha, also an ayurveda healer, had applied for the records in 2012 when she be­gan to work on the idol and the officials from the Guin­ ness Book of World Records from Germany, South Africa and the United States visited her house and recorded the progress of the idol. The artist is planning to build a museum in Mysuru where all her works would be displayed.

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