Mrunal Manmay Dash

On the occasion of Akshay Tritiya on Tuesday, the logs at the chariot making shelter near the Srimandir in Puri get the divine permission of the Holy Trinity to get sculpted into the chariots for ensuing Rath Yatra.

After getting the 'Aagyan Mala' (permission garland) from the deities followed by special rituals conducted by the temple priests, the three 12 ft logs of 'dhaura katha' (specific logs) were brought to the 'ratha khala' near the Jagannath temple.

Apart from this, the famous Chandan Yatra, where Lord Jagannath, the representative deity Madan Mohan, along with consorts Sridevi, Bhudevi the Panch Mahadevs (also known as Panch Pandavas), namely Lord Yameswar, Lord Kapal Mochan, Lord Lokanath, Lord Markandeya and Lord Nilakanth, take a trip on a chapa (a traditional boat) in the holy Narendra pond as part of Lord's water sport called chapa khela. The grand festival is hosted in two sessions, one during the day and the other at night.

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