Embracing culture

February 13, 2018
contest: "Wood and Life" Heritage category
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Aveek Bhowmik Male
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Devotional fervour sweeps the temple town of Puri in Odisha, India, in the run-up to the famous Jagannath Rath Yatra or car festival, held around July. Artisans begin work on the wooden chariots of the three divine siblings —Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra — in April with logs of wood piled on the road leading to the Jagannath temple. Around 13,000 cubic feet of wood goes into making the three colossal cars. The artisans build the chariots through sheer expertise and accuracy of measurements they’ve learnt from their forefathers. The entire locality is dotted with carpenters, artisans and tailors giving shape to the divine juggernaut that will carry the lord as he comes out of his abode to greet the devout. Though it’s a daunting task, they defy rain and shine. Their perseverant hands and pious hearts keep going, proving that they are a small cog in the large wheel.

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