Kendrapara, July 5 (LocalWire): Odisha’s second highest chariot Tulasi Khetra of Sri Baladevjew of Kendrapara that stopped midway on Thursday, will be drawn forward by devotees today, informed a Temple committee staff.
After a month of labour, 40 temple-carpenters built the 64-feet chariot for the annual Rath Yatra.
The Tulasi Khetra is the chariot of Lord Jagannath’s elder brother Shri Baladevjew and is built taller than Shri Jagannath’s Nandighosa.
According to the Holy Scriptures, drawing Tulasi Khetra a day after Jagannath’s Nandighosa in Puri, is considered a good omen by the devotees.
The temple servitors started several rituals from 6 am on Thursday.
‘Khichdi’ was prepared for bhog-offering to the Lord before he ascended his chariot while the temple premises reverberated with bhajan-keertans by the devotees.
The first day of chariot-pulling ended around 6 pm after devotees drew the first rope till the temple’s administrative office.
The temple administration informed that the chariot-pulling will continue from 2 pm today.
District Collector Samarth Verma and SP Niti Shekhar and other administrative officers have taken the responsibility of maintaining decorum during the celebration.