No Scales or Measuring Tapes Used in Constructing the Chariots of Puri Rath Yatra



Instead of scales and measuring tapes, carpenters use their hands and fingers to do all the measuring while building the three traditional huge chariots used during the Puri Rath Yatra. This is really a wonder when considering the height of the highest chariot that of Lord Jagannath is 13.5 meters and nearly 150 carpenters work for three months to build the three chariots using nearly 2200 pieces of wood.

‘We have got used to making the raths and we make no mistakes even without the help of any scales for measurement.’

The skills of the traditional craftsmen who build the three chariots are incomparable. They work in unison and present three faultless chariots that are pulled for more than two miles by thousands of people and which is witnessed by nearly a million people.

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