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Christmas message written in sand

December 24, 2004

Sudarsan Patnaik of Orissa thought of a novel way to greet fellow artists and spread the message of Christmas.

On Thursday, Patnaik crafted a image of Jesus Christ in sand.

"The image, build on the sands of Puri beach, is about 15-foot-high and it took us 20 hours to complete," Patnaik, who hails from Puri in Orissa, told

The sculpture will remain till the New Year.

"The world is facing tumultous times and we want peace. Under such circumstances, we must remember Jesus' messages," he said.

Patnaik, who has already represented India in 23 international sand sculpture festivals, recently won public appreciation prize at Berlin for his sculpture Hanuman.

Text and picture: Giridhar Gopal

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Sub: amazing

This is amazing, it is simply superb, we will thank god for giving a nice sand artist for our nation, it really make india proud ...

Posted by Rudalf

Sub: Art, at his best

This is amazing. How beautiful this is. Unbelievable. Tremendous effort. And really make India Proud.

Posted by Sibabrata

Sub: nice thing by god to us

nice thing

Posted by ganesh pol

Sub: Word of Appreciation

Congratulations of the great art work with the sand. Jesus still streched his arms with love and calling every one to him to find security ...

Posted by Joseph

Sub: simply superb

This is simply superb. I have one question in my mind, how the sand structure will stay intact for so long? I blieve some other ...

Posted by Mohd Azad


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