The famous chariot of Lord Jagannath in Keonjhar has been adjudged as largest Ratha Yatra chariot by the Guinness Book of World Records. Keonjhar Collector Ashish Thakre on Friday informed about the record on the sidelines of a special function.
As per the record mentioned by guinnessworldrecords.com, the Ratha Yatra chariot in Keonjhar measures 22 m (72 ft) x 14 m (45 ft) x 14 m (45 ft). It was inducted into Guinness Book of World Records on 2 August 2019. The outsized Ratha Yatra chariot is reconstructed every year and is a tradition spanning more than 300 years.
Jagannath chariot of Keonjhar has already been adjudged as the tallest chariot with 72 feet height by India Book of Records, Asia Pacific Records, Global Records and Wonder Book of Records.
The district administration of Keonjhar has laid out plans for the development of the Bada Danda (grand road) of the Baldevjew Temple.
A grand corridor will be developed under the plan to improve aesthetic environment, organised spaces, safety & hygiene, and contextual rejuvenation.
Decorative floral paint of grand corridor, construction of pedestrian pathways and covered drains, organised vending arrangements and peripheral development of Mausima Temple, water body and open areas are some of the development works to be carried out at the shrine.
Thakre also informed that the ongoing construction inside the temple including Bhoga Mandap and Bhajan Mandap will be completed soon before this year's Rath Yatra.