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Logs for construction of Rath Yatra chariots arrive in Puri

The first lot of logs for construction of chariots for Lord Jagannath’s annual Rath Yatra arrived at the ratha khala (the site where the chariots are constructed every year) in Odisha’s pilgrim town Puri today.

As per the Ratha Sanhita (the manual for construction of chariots), 865 pieces of logs are required for construction of the three chariots. Various parts of the chariots are carved out of these logs.

logs for rath yatra chariots

Two trucks carrying as many as 54 logs reached the rathakhala on the Grand Road in Puri for the construction of chariots of the deities. The logs comprise asan, dhaura, and phasi pieces.

The logs were kept in the rathakhala in the presence of Shri Mandir Administrative Officer.

Naygarh district Forest department has supplied the logs from Daspalla Forest Range. While 865 logs are used for construction of the chariots, 727 logs would be needed this year as last year’s 138 unused logs will be utilized this year for this purpose.

Prior to dispatching the consignment, the servitors performed rituals at Daspalla in the presence of Forest Department officials.

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