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Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra Chariots in Numbers - Height - Length - Wood

The three chariots (Raths) used for the annual Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra are newly constructed each year. A particular family of carpenters owns the hereditary right to construct the chariots. The construction of the chariots begins on the Akashya Tritiya day, which is around three months before the actual Ratha Yatra day. Each chariot used in the Rath Yatra has specific size and dimensions. The chariots are a classic example on indigenous engineering marvel. Sal wood is used for the construction of the chariots.The wood is brought from the forests of Daspalla and Ranapur. Around 2,188 pieces of wood are needed for the construction of the chariotsThese are chiseled out by around 125 carpenters.They work for 58 days at the Mahakhala – the front portion of the Palace located near the JagannathTemple. Iron nails, brackets, clamps and other miscellaneous items needed for the chariots are prepared by the native blacksmiths.The structure above the wheels contains eighteen pillars and roofs …

Tahia of Lord Jagannath – The Crown of Jagannath during Puri Jagannath yatra

When the murti (idol) of Hindu God Jagannath is taken from the temple to the Ratha for the Puri Rath Yatra ritual, he wears an ornamental crown on his head. This decorative piece which Jagannath wears is known as Tahia and is an important part of the Ratha Jatra ritual.
The crown known as Tahiais made out of cane, bamboo sticks, solapith, flowers and colors (minimal, red and zinc, are used).
Tahia is placed on the head of the murti while He is being taken from the temple to the chariot and it remains till the end of the Ratha Yatra. Only skilled artisans are entrusted to prepare the tahia.

The tahia is shaped like a betel leaf. The crown is more than six feet in height and 8.5 ft in circumference.
A lot of raw bamboo sticks (altogether 37 sticks) are held together with cotton strings to give the tahia its shape. Cane is also used at specific places. Flowers, made of solapith, are also used, apart from jasmine. But the row of kadamba flowers at the top of tahia, made of solapith, enh…

Quotes on the Greatness and Importance of Bhagavad Gita

In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial. The reader is nowhere raised into and sustained in a bigger, purer, or rarer region of thought than in the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita's 'sanity and sublimity' have impressed the minds even of soldiers and merchants. Henry David Thoreau on Bhagavad Gita
Sri Aurobindo on the Bhagavad Gita The Gita is not a weapon for dialectical warfare; it is a gate opening on the whole world of spiritual truth and experience and the view it gives us embraces all the provinces of that supreme region. It maps out, but it does not cut up or build walls or hedges to confine our vision.
Bhagavad Gita – Solutions for the Problems of the Human Mind It is in a mental civilization that we live today – and so the fundamental problem of our age is indeed the Problem of the Mind. How is the mind to be freed from tensions a…

How To Face Difficult Times In Life?

There is no escape from difficult times in our life. It might be the death or losing someone dear and near, losing job, your own health, someone you care getting sick or relationship issues. The blow is too hard and unbearable. We are confused. Delusion sets in and the power of reasoning is lost.
So, how to face difficult times in life?

Be prepared While living our life to the fullest, we should also be preparing ourselves to face certain harsh truths about life. Any form of happiness that we derive from an external source is bound to snap one day. We need to drill this universal truth into our system.

Life is not always a smooth ride. There will be bumps, gutters and blockades. We need to be an efficient driver to drive in the road of life.

Life is also a job and we need to be good at this job too – extremely competent and resourceful.

Never be dependent on a person, thing, or organization Relying on or requiring a person or thing for support in life means, we are not independent. W…

Hindu Calendar Today – June 24, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, June 24, 2017 – Amavasya Tithi or no moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It isAmavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 8:24 AMon June 24. Then onward it isShukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:01 AMon June 25. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is June 24, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – No auspicious and good time on the day. Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 5:37 AM on June 24. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 4:25 AM on June 25.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 4:49 AM on June 24. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathira Nakshatram till 1:58 AM on June 25.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rashi.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mithuna Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasy…