Puri: On the occasion of the auspicious Akshay Tritiya on Saturday, preparations for the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath commenced with ‘Ratha Anukula’ that marked the beginning of chariots’ construction process.
The entire process of chariot making takes exactly 60 days to be completed from here on. The chief carpenters of the three chariots — Lord Jagannath’s Nandighosha, Balabhadra’s Taladhwaja and Subhadra’s Darpadalana — are required to complete the work over a period of two months.
Three 12-feet-long Dhaura logs were brought to the Ratha Khala (chariot making yard) near the Jagannath Temple. The process began with an axe being given the divine touch after getting the ‘Aajna Mala’ from the deities followed by special rituals conducted by temple priests.