Tapas Sandiriya, a 65-year-old retired civil servant, spent 250,000 rupees (about $3,000) to create a silicon statue that resembles the deceased.
Sandilya’s wife Indrani passed away in May 2021 during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Sandilia was orphaned when her wife died.As a result, the 59-year-old died without anyone by her side..
In a statement to Times of IndiaSandilia recalled a memory of visiting the ISKCON temple in Mayapur with his wife 10 years ago and seeing the statue of AC Bhaktivedanta Swami.
Seeing the lifelike statue, Indrani told him that he wanted a similar statue in case he died earlier.
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He spent six months working with sculptor Subimal Das, who mainly creates replicas for museums. vision for life.
Sitting in her favorite spot in the living room is a complete silicone replica weighing 30 kg (about 66 pounds), wearing the silk saree that Indrani wore to her son’s wedding reception.
“I had to work with Submal in the clay-molding stage, just as Indrani’s real facial expressions could do to me. After all, I lived with her for 39 years,” says Sandilia. .
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“If you can leave a framed photo at home after someone dies, how about a statue?”
Sandilia’s family initially disapproved of the statue, but eventually gave in.
Knowing Indrani’s exact measurements, Indrani’s tailors also assisted in accomplishing the project.
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“Everything had to fit perfectly,” says Sandilya.
“My wife passed away on May 4, 2021. I just wanted to fulfill her wish.”
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