Cuttack: As per tradition, the first log to be used for the construction of chariots in the upcoming Rath Yatra in Puri was sliced at Cuttack on the auspicious Ram Navami today.
The cutting and sizing of the massive log is being carried out at the Khapuria saw mill under the State forest department.
The slicing of timber was initiated after ‘Agyan Mala’ from Puri Jagannath Temple was brought to the saw mill by the staff belonging to the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration and other servitors.
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“On the occasion of Ram Navami, the slicing of logs for the Puri Raths began today. Logs of different sizes will be sliced at the Government saw mill in Cuttack,” said Ramchandra Mohapatra, a servitor.
Cuttack Collector, Bhawani Shankar Chayani said, “A lot of services and rituals are associated with Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra. It is a matter of pride for all that Cuttack city is also rendering its service in the mega event.”
Chayani said that all the necessary Covid-19 protocols will be strictly followed during the activities.
As per official sources, 30 to 35 workers will be engaged for the slicing of the logs at the saw mill and the work will be carried out between 6 am to 9 pm every day.
The construction work of the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra will begin from Akshya Trutiya.
SJTA Niti (Rituals) Administrator Jitendra Sahu said, “The preparations for Rath Yatra has begun with cutting of the first log of for the chariot. We have deployed adequate security and other staff for supervising the work.”