By Our Correspondent
PURI: For the year 2020’s Rath Yatra, the first lot of timber for construction of the three chariots reached here on Saturday. Around 53 numbers of wood logs have been transported from the Nayagarh forest division in two trucks. The lot has 32 pieces of ‘Dhaura’ wood logs and 21 pieces of ‘Asana’ wood logs.
The timber logs will be worshipped with prescribed rituals on the Saraswati Puja day and subsequently the process for chariot construction will begin. As per the tradition three pieces of Dhaura wood logs will be placed at the Chariot yard (Ratha Khala) on Vasanta Panchami day for worship.
This year a total of 672 numbers of wood logs will be transported to Puri for construction of the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra. The three chariots are called Nandighosha, Taladhwaja and Darpadalana respectively. The chariots will roll on the grand road (Bada Danda) of Puri on the Car festival day 2020.
According to the supervisor who supplies wood logs for chariot construction in Puri, 193 wood logs had been hoarded from last year, to be used for chariot construction this year.