Puri, 3 May-2014, Abhijit Saha: Construction of the 3 chariots for the annual Rath Yatra scheduled on 29th July this year has started yesterday on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya.
The priests of the temple has handed over the Agyan Malya (the order of Lord Jagannath) to the 3 heads of the carpenters clans. ) the construction of the Raths began after observance of the ceremonial Homa (consecration ceremony).
The 21-day-long water sport summer festival popularly known as Chandan Yatra began in traditional style yesterday on this occasion and gaiety as the representative idol of Sri Jagannath Madanmohan along with Panch Mahadevas (shivas) went in a ceremonial procession through the Bada Danda to the Narendra tank to beat the summer heat on the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya.
Madanmohan and his consort Laxmi and Panch Mahadevs (Shivas ) believed to be incarnation of Panch Pandavas began their journey from the temple in decorated palanquins on the Grand Road (Bada Danda) to Narendra Tank (a huge water body) located about 1.5 km from the temple for boat ride.