On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, a renowned artist from Bhubaneswar crafted miniature models of a 'Shiva Linga' on a pencil tip and inside a small glass bottle.
L Eswar Rao, who hails from the Jatni village in Khurda district, took two days to complete the two detailed pieces of art.
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.”
The artist further added that it was a tough task to fix four small pieces of soft stones inside a bottle to craft a ‘Shiva Linga’.
After the artist's creations were shared by the news agency on micro-blogging site Twitter, it quickly garnered a lot of appreciations from netizens.
Har Har Mahadev— Abhinaw Kumar (@BihariCoder) February 20, 2020
Its really a proud moment for us, that we have a talent like this..... excellent work with a pencil..— Bikranta Behera (@Bikranta_Biki) February 20, 2020
👌🏻👌🏻 well done...— Laxmi Nayak (@LaxmiNa40531475) February 21, 2020
Great artist bhai— Surendra (@sksharma021) February 21, 2020
According to reports, Rao had earlier created similar craftings — a World Cup trophy on a pencil tip to honour the Indian team and ahead of Christmas he also carved a church inside a bottle.
Shivaratri is largely observed by Hindus on the 14th day of every lunar month or the day before the new moon, to honour Lord Shiva.
On Maha Shivaratri, it is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married. The wedding is celebrated on the midnight of Shivaratri.