FOR A SPOT OF SHADE UNDER THE CHARIOT OF DIVINITY

January 25, 2019
contest: CHANGE in Wood Culture - Heritage
$ 4800
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Aveek Bhowmik
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An old woman rests against the giant wheel of a wooden chariot, while her husband takes a nap in the temple town of Puri in India. Every year, during monsoon, devotional fervour sweeps the town in the Indian state of Odisha, in the run-up to one of India’s most famous festivals — the Jagannath Rath Yatra. Artisans begin work on the wooden chariots of the three divine siblings — Jagannath, Subhadra and Balabhadra — around April, with logs of wood piled on the road leading to the famous Jagannath temple. For Odias, or the natives of Odisha, Lord Jagannath is a relative. So, even the heavily rumbling and dark clouds are no deterrent for them, as they build the chariots through sheer expertise and accuracy of measurements they’ve learnt from their forefathers. Though people throng the venue in thousands to have a look at the work-in-progress, the artisans’ nimble hands deftly go about their job of carving intricate designs on the wooden chariots, highlighting the superb craftsmanship of Odisha. Over 4,000 pieces of wood are required for this purpose. To ensure that stock doesn’t run out, few years ago, the Odisha government began a plantation project to replenish the green cover in the state’s forests.

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