After the melancholy of Covid-19, Lucknow's artists are in for a busy Puja season.

The orders they received were 5 times higher than they did last year . Due to the pandemic, orders were low for the past two years .

LUCKNOW: The idol makers in the area are working 24x7 to complete the Durga idols ahead of the Puja festivities this year.The celebrations, however, have already started, with the orders they received being 5 times higher than they did last year.Due to the pandemic, orders were low for the past two years.This year, the artists are aiming to match the pre-Covid sales.

Rahul Rajpoot (35), a Saadatganj artist, is in a race with time to complete the final decorations of the idols in time.I made a total of 400 Devi idols this year, Rajpoot said, who saw a lot of losses in the last two years.In April, when the pandemic seemed to have eluded, we began sculpting the idols.All the idols have been pre-booked, ranging between 4,000 and 22,000.

From my home-workshop in Ravindrapalli, I get idols for pandals.Unlike the previous two years, we were able to accumulate more manpower and materials this year, leading to the manufacture of many idols, according to another artist Sujit Kumar Paul.Rain covered Niloy Pal's last year, however.He is an artist from Rajajipuram who has been in business for over 50 years.

He is running all day and night to complete the idols in time.Pal said that I am confident to finish the work before the events begin.