Puri: Dismantling of Taladhwaja, Nandighosa and Darpadalana has begun here on Wednesday. The chariots belong to Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Goddess Subhadra.
These chariots will be shifted and reassembled to be parked and preserved at Jagannath Ballav mutt, the pleasure garden of Lord Jagannath, after being dismantled.
Sudarsan Mekap, Caretaker of the chariots, said after dismantling, wood derived from the chariots will be shifted to Jagannath Ballav mutt.
The dismantling process is underway in the presence of Mukhya Maharana sevayat (chief carpenter servitor). Rabi Bhoi, Bhoi Sardar, team leader of Bhoi servitors said six Kamara sevayats (blacksmith servitors) have started removing of nails and 15 Bhoi sevayats (labourer servitors who help in the construction of chariots) have been deployed for the dismantling work.
Dismantling of Goddess Subhadra’s chariot is underway. He said that they were directed to complete the dismantling of chariots in 25 days.
The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) had written a letter to the Bhoi Sardar for dismantling the chariots.
A joint meeting of Chhatisha Nijog and the Managing Committee of Shree Jagannath Temple was held earlier to take the decision in this regard.
Members of the temple’s technical committee, servitors, and Chief Maharana had participated in the deliberation.
The chariots are dismantled after the conduct of Rath Yatra every year and the extracted pieces are used as firewood in the temple for preparation of ‘Kotha Bhoga’ of the deities.