He said the sculpture, 35 feet high and 75 feet wide, was made after informing officials of the Limca Book of Records and hoped it found a mention in its upcoming edition.

Pattnaik sculpted it with the help of 25 students of the Sudarsan Sand Art Institute, he runs on the beach of Puri, about 56 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar.

"It includes Mother Mary and Santa Claus", he said.

About 1,000 tonnes of sand were used to make it. "We took three days to complete this job," he said. It will be on display till January 1.


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