Aptly named, “Raleigh cha Raja,” which translates to “King of Raleigh, the two-foot tall idol is entirely made in the USA.
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In an effort to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, a popular Indian festival, miles away from home, a group of Indian students studying at North Carolina State University, created a 3D-printed Ganesh idol.
Aptly named, “Raleigh cha Raja,” which translates to “King of Raleigh, the two-foot tall idol is entirely made in the USA, with no components or materials sourced from India.
Kanishk Harde, one of the students involved in the idol’s creation said the whole project took two months to come to life. “Our 3D printed Ganpati consists of 26 intricately crafted pieces, meticulously glued together, and hand-painted by us to bring out the traditional aesthetics and cultural richness associated with this beloved deity,” Harde explained.
“This project beautifully exemplifies the fusion of technology and tradition, showcasing how innovation and cultural reverence can coexist, even in a foreign land. Our 3D-printed Ganpati is not just a symbol of artistic creativity but also a testament to the adaptability and diversity of Indian culture,” he added.
The first-of-its-kind idol will be displayed at the community event to celebrate the culmination of the festival on Sept.28 at 1003 Lorimer Road Ste G in Raleigh, NC.