Puri: Making of the great Chariots of Shri Jagannath and his Siblings at “Rathakhala” in Puri are on full swing. The carpenters successfully aligned 2 wheels each of the 3 chariots and made the “Jalayantra” ready as per schedule. With this time bound completion, the Pujapanda sevayats along with their ceremonial guards on Bhaunri day arrived at the Rathkhala with flower garlands of order ( Agyan Mala) to convey the message from the Lord on Bhaunri Ritual. Temple administration facilitated all support to enhance the confidence during this Corona virus pandemic.
Sources said, a total numbers of 6 wheels are aligned and other 6 wheels are made ready by Friday. Not less than 100 dedicated carpenters are working 12 hours a day to complete the chariots in time. They are also happy that they achieved the deadline for first phase of wheel alignment on Bhaunri ritual.
These dedicated carpenters or “Badhei Sevakas” are accommodated separately by the Temple administration to contain corona virus infection. They are not allowed to visit their home or other persons during this period. They are provided with free lodging and Food.
As per the tradition , the ‘Chaka Dera Anukula’ ritual was held at the Ratha Khala on the occasion of Bhaunri festival today following arrival of Agyan Malas from Srimandir.