29 April 2017
Puri: On the auspicious occasion of Akhsaya Tritiya, the process of construction of the three wooden chariots for Lord Jagannath and His siblings, elder brother Lord Balabhadra and younger sister Goddess Subhadra for the world-renowned Ratha Yatra has begun.
As per the tradition, the temple servitors performed a special ritual at the Rath Khala (chariot making yard) and brought Angya Mala (garland signifying directive from the deity) seeking his command and placed the same on three pieces of woods. The chief carpenters of the three chariots symbolically touched the gold axe on the three wooden logs after which they would shape the logs.
This year, the festival of the Trinity is scheduled to be held on June 25.
Every year, Lord Jagannath, His siblings elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra, are taken out of the 12th-century shrine in three separate chariots to the Gundicha Temple in the holy city. Nearly 100 carpenters would be engaged for making the three gigantic chariots, 45-feet-high Nandighosha for Lord Jagannath, 44-feet-high Taladhwaja for Balabhadra and 43-feet-high Debadalana for Subhadra.
On the other hand, as per the century-old tradition, the 21-day Chandan Yatra of Lord Jagannath began today evening on Akshay Tirtiya. During the Yatra, the representative idols (Bhudevi, Sridevi and Panchupandab) of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra would be brought out of the sanctum sanctorum of the 12th century shrine to enjoy a cool voyage swim in two chapas (boats), namely, Nanda and Bhadra at the Narendra Puskarini (pond), nearly 500 metres from the temple.