Berhampur, July 5 (LocalWire): While the wheels of the chariot rolled yesterday in Puri for the much awaited Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings, Balabhadra and Subhadra, the Silk City here witnessed the unveiling of a miniature chariot, 2.5 inches high and two inches wide.
The wooden Nandighosh, the chariot of Lord Jagannath complete with 16 wheels, the deity, and the sarathi or the chariot driver has been made by the local businessman, 35-year old Satyanarayan Moharana who has been making such miniature chariots every year on the occasion of the Ratha Yatra for last four years.
“Since I used waste wooden materials, I spent a nominal amount to make the chariots,” he said. According to Moharana, it took him around four days to make this chariot.
“It is made of waste wood like gambhari and sal and I have used cloth, water paint, gum, and some other material to make it more attractive,” he added.
Before sending to Puri, the chariot was rolled on the Rath Yatra at Goshaninuagaon on the occasion of the chariot festival.
This miniature chariot has two parrots, a Dadhinauti atop, four horses in front of it, and a 1.5-inch high chariot driver or sarathi.
The idol of Lord Jagannath inside the chariot is just 0.25 inches.
The chariot Moharana had made last year – 4.5 inches high and 3 inches wide – had found a place in several records including the Asia Pacific Record, and the India Book of Records as the smallest artifact.
“Now I have broken my own record,” Moharana said adding that his artifacts would be displayed at Badadanada of Puri after the chariot festival.
Earlier Moharana had made 14.5- and an 8.5-inch replica of Nandighosh in 2016 and 2017 on the occasion of the Rath Yatra.
He has also carved miniature images of great personalities on chalk, including those of Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, former president Pratibha Patil, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and Sonia Gandhi. These artifacts are on display at his home.
He has also made the miniature idols of Lord Ganesh and Lord Jagannath.
While the idol of Lord Jagannath was made in wood, Lord Ganesh was made by carving on chalk.