A decision in this regard was taken at the first coordination committee meeting held at Puri, ahead of famous rath yatra.
As per the age-old tradition, 865 logs of Phasi, Asana and Dhaura are required for the construction of the three chariots. During the initial stage of construction work, the Maharana servitors require Phasi logs with 6 to 7 feet girth for ‘Tumba’ and of 7 to 8 feet for ‘Pahi’.
As per the centuries-old tradition, as many as 865 trunks of Phasi, Asan and Dhaura trees are required for chariot construction every year.
A controversy has cropped up over the presence of 'Nara Birala' painting on the chariots after the chief carpenter of Nadighosh Ratha (chariot of Lord Jagannath) Bijay Mohapatra questioned the tradition of such image on the chariots.
As many as 10 Maharana servitors engaged in the construction of chariots in violation of Odisha government’s order were arrested in Nilgiri area of Balasore in a joint raid by the district administration and police on Monday.
Puri: They are the architects (Biswakarma) of gigantic chariots that mesmerise visitors from all over the globe during the world-famous Rath Yatra. However, many would not believe their eyes that the people who are capable of such magnificence are leading lives of penury. Narasingha Mahapatra, maharana (carpenter) of the Taladhwaja chariot of Lord Balabhadra, is […]
Puri: Time is running out. Something which never has happened in hundreds of years, unfortunately seems likely in 2020 as dark clouds of uncertainty continue to hover over the annual grand spectacle of Holy Trinity. Today after the State government sought the permission of the Centre to commence construction work of the chariots during the […]
Puri: After initial problems due to cyclone Fani, the chariot construction work for the annual Rath Yatra of the sibling deities of Puri Srimandir is now being carried out on a full swing. The pace of chariot construction at Ratha Khala has picked momentum following partial restoration of power supply to the pilgrim city which […]
Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the annual car festival of Lord Lingaraj, known as the Rukuna Rath Yatra, on the occasion of Ashokashtami on April 13, preparations for the mega event are in full swing. As per sources, as many as 70 carpenters have been appointed for the chariot construction work. Four new Nahakas and two new […]
Puri: Despite defects in the wheel and axles of chariots of Lord Jagannath and his sibling deities, the ‘Ratha Chaka Dera Anukula’ or the initiation of chariot wheels ceremony for the upcoming Rath Yatra was carried out on time at Puri Srimandir today on the occasion of ‘Bhaunri’ Festival. The ‘Mangal Alati’ and ‘Sakala Dhupa’ […]
Puri: Construction work of the three chariots for the upcoming annual Rath Yatra in Puri resumed after wheels and axles with defects were replaced with new ones. On Saturday, members of the chariot construction engineering committee had noticed crack in a wheel of Devi Subhadra’s chariot Devadalan, a big hole in the Nandighosh, the chariot […]
Puri: Ahead of the annual Rath Yatra of the Trinity, construction of chariots began with ‘Ratha Anukula’ here on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya on Wednesday. The three 12-ft sacred logs of ‘Dhaura Katha’ were brought to the ‘Ratha Khala’ near the Jagannath temple. The process commenced with the axe being given the divine touch […]