Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nayagarh/Daspalla, Jan 24:
The first lot of logs for construction of chariots for Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra arrived at the rathakhala (the site where the chariots for the Lord’s yatra are constructed) in Odisha’s pilgrim town Puri today.
The trucks carrying as many as 71 logs reached the rathakhala on the Grand Road in Puri for the construction of chariots of the Trinity. The logs comprise 30 asan, 26 dhaura, and 15 phasi pieces.
In the first phase, three trucks carrying the logs were sent from Nayagarh. The logs were brought from Daspalla forest division in Nayagarh district.
Prior to despatching the consignment, the servitors performed rituals at Daspalla in the presence of Forest Department officials.
According to sources, a total of 685 pieces of dhaura, asana and phasi logs would be brought from Daspalla forest this year for making of chariots.
As per tradition, three logs from the asan variety are consecrated on Saraswati puja day while construction of the chariots begins on the auspicious day of akshay tritiya.
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.
The sawing of logs (ratha katha chirota parba) for the construction of the chariots begins on the Rama Navami day. Other than asan and dhaura, logs derived from phasi species of trees also play an important role in the construction of the chariots.