Rajsamand, well known for its white marble, is in newsagain because of the 210 tonne huge marble block which will be used for making Lord Parshavanath’s statue in Krishnagiri –Padmavati pilgrimage in Tamil Nadu. The statue will be given shape by the sculptors of Jaipur. 4 huge 24 feet tall statues of Lord Parshavanath are being placed which are green, black, yellow and white in colour. Three statues have already been made in the last two years. Green stone was taken from Kesariyaji(Udaipur), black from Kala Bhainsla ka dera(SawaiMadhopur) and yellow from Bhuj(Gujarat). Since white marble could not be found in Vietnam, the search operation began in Rajsamand which lasted for 6 months and finally a huge block could be found for this purpose. A 25 feet high, 8 feet thick and 15 feet broad marble was cut down carefully by the mine workers who slogged for over a month in SriKarni marble mine in Talai.
Girdhari Lal Lohar, Mohanlal Paliwal and Ratan Singh Souda said that there is no crane available which can lift this huge block. Hence the labour had to use old methods of loading it on the trailer which took almost a fortnight. Since there was no vehicle available in Rajsamand to carry this marble block, a special trailer with 128 tyres has been called for from Jamnagar. It will take almost two months for this trailer to reach Tamil Nadu. Owner of SriKarni marble Mahesh Pratap Singh said that normally a block that comes out from the mine is 20 to 22 tonnes in weight. For the purpose of making statue, the block weighing ten times more than the normal weight was cut out. A 150 metre long road had to be built in the mine for carrying this marble block. Even the smallest mistake in carrying this marble can build a crack which can spoil the marble. A safe and secured transport is also being taken care of for transporting this block to Krishnagiri. State government will get a royalty of more than 5 lakh rupees from this single block.