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Three Chariots Of Deities Are Newly Constructed Every Year For Ratha Yatra

The three chariots of Balabhadra, Subhadra and Jagannatha are newly constructed every year with wood of specified trees like phassi, dhausa, etc.  The logs are traditionally set afloat as rafts in the river Mahanadi. These are collected near Puri and then transported by road.

The three chariots, newly constructed every year and decorated as per the unique scheme prescribed and followed for centuries stand on the Bada Danda, the Grand Avenue. Covered with a bright canopies made of stripes of red cloth combined with those of black, yellow and blue colours, the huge chariots are lined across the wide avenue right in front of the majestic temple close to its eastern entrance, also known as the Sinhadwara or the Lion’s Gate.

Nandighosha:

The chariot of Lord Jagannath is known as Nandighosha. It is also known as Garudadhwaja and Kapidhwaja.

The chariot of Jagannath has a yellow and red color canopy and it is also the largest of the chariots.

The Chariot has 4 horses and the color of the horses is White.

The height of the Chariot is 45 feet and it has 16 wheels. It also prominently displays the Sudarshana Chakra emblem.

The guardian deity of the chariot is Garuda and the charioteer is known as Daruka.

The flag on the chariot is known as Trailokyamohini.

The rope that is used to pull the Chariot is known as Shankahchuda.

Along with Jagannath, the chariot also has the idols of Varaha, Govardhana, Krushna, Nrusimgha, Rama, Narayana, Trivikrama, Hanuman and Rudra. The face of the Chariot is known as Nandi Mukha and the weapons are Sankha & Chakra.

Taladhwaja:

The chariot of Lord Balabhadra is known as Taladhwaja. The chariot of Balabhadra has a green and red color canopy and it is the second largest of the chariots.

The Chariot has 4 horses and the color of the horses is Black.

The height of the Chariot is 44 feet and it has 14 wheels.

The guardian deity of the chariot is Vasudev and the charioteer is known as Matali.

Gate Keepers of the Chariot are Nanda & Sunanda. The flag on the chariot is known as Unnani.

The rope that is used to pull the Chariot is known as Basuki.

Along with Balabhadra, the chariot also has the idols of Ganesha, Kartikeya, Sarvamangala, Pralambari, Halayudha, Mrutyunjaya, Natamvara, Mukteshwar & Sheshadeva. The face of the Chariot is known as Ketu Bhadra and the weapons are Hala & Musala.

Devadalana:

The Chariot of Goddess Subhadra is known as Devadalana. It is also known as Darpadalana and Padmadhwaja. The chariot of Subhadra has a black and red color canopy and it is also the smallest of the chariots.

The Chariot has 4 horses and the color of the horses is red. The height of the Chariot is 43 feet and it has 12 wheels.

The guardian deity of the chariot is Jayadurga and the charioteer is known as Arjuna.

The flag on the chariot is known as Nadambika. The rope that is used to pull the Chariot is known as Swarnachuda.

Along with Subhadra, the chariot also has the idols of Chandi, Chamunda, Ugratara, Vanadurga, Shulidurga, Varahi, Shyama Kali, Mangala and Bimala. The face of the Chariot is known as Bhakti Sumedha and the weapons are Padma & Kalhar.

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