‘Ratha Katha Anukula’ ritual at Puri Srimandir today

Puri: In adherence to prevailing rituals for Rath Yatra here, the ‘anukul’ of the chariot log (Ratha Katha) will be held at Srimandir here today on the occasion of Saraswati Puja (Sri Panchami).

‘Ratha Katha Anukula’, the initiation ceremony for chariot construction of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra to be held at Puri Srimandir.

The first lot of timber for construction of the three chariots reached the pilgrim town on February 12.

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.

While 865 pieces of wood logs are needed, this year a total of 796 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 2021.

According to the supervisor who supplies wood logs for chariot construction in Puri, 69 wood logs had been hoarded from last year, to be used for chariot construction this year.

The making of the chariots will begin from the Akshyaya Trutiya day.