Puri:8/5/20: The construction of chariots of the Holy Trinity of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri began on Friday morning.
The State government has received clearance from the Centre regarding construction of chariots. Worthwhile to mention that the temple managing committee has recommended for construction of the chariots.
The union home ministry has intimated the State government that the chariot construction work can be taken up adhering to the social distance guidelines. The ministry has stated that the Rath Khala, the yard where the three chariots are built, is a public place and adequate to maintain social distance.
The Rath construction has already been delayed by 11 days and whether the three massive chariots would be ready by Rath Yatra which falls in the last week of June is yet to be known.
With the coronavirus cloud hovering above, the Odisha government was hemming and hawing over this year’s Puri Rath Yatra.
The Rath Yatra, scheduled on June 23, involves an intricate process of chariot building and rituals that have to adhere to a statutory timeline. The construction should have started from Akshay Tritiya on April 26 but had been stalled due to the lockdown.