Berhampur, Feb 7 (LocalWire): The Ghumusar North Forest Division has volunteered to supply wood logs of two species for the construction of chariots for the 2020 Rath Yatra in Puri for the first time, divisional forest officer A. K. Dalai said on Friday.
The Rath Yatra will be held on June 23, 2020.
“As many as 20 logs of Bhaunra and one long of Asana will be supplied for the construction of the chariots of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra,” said A. K. Dalai, the Divisional Forest Officer, Ghumusar.
These two species of trees were found in the Bhogada section of the Tarsingi forest range in Ganjam district, adjoining the Nayagarh district, from where the wood is usually supplied for making chariots.
“These trees were identified jointly by the forest officers of Ghumusar North and Nayagarh and were supplied after consulting with the Sri Jagannath administration and Nayagarh forest division” he added.
Sources informed LocalWire that the search was conducted here due to their scarcity in the Nayagarh forest.
Every year, the chariots of deities are made from wood to be used in the festival. The Jagannath temple authorities require over 1,100 big logs of 12 species of wood. At least 865 logs having a length of eight feet each, of three species —Phasi, Asana, Bhaunra- are the major components of the chariots.
The logs are converted to around 4,000 pieces of varying shapes and sizes. The state government supplies the wood to the temple authorities free of cost.
After the festival, the dismantled wood goes to the temple kitchen, to be used as firewood to cook prasad for the deities.
Edited by Meenal Singh