Sumary of A Ready Reckoner For The First Time Visitor To Puri Rathayatra:
- The twin advantages – merit-making by offering prayers to Lord Jagannath and a beach holiday – make Puri one of the most visited places in Odisha.
- Along with neighbouring Bhubaneswar (the state capital) and Konark (home to the Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Puri is the third arm of the Golden Triangle of Odisha.
- The road in front of the temple is known as Bada Danda or the Grand Road, across which trundles the giant chariots during the annual Rathayatra festival.
- The TemplePopularly known as the Jagannath Temple, the 12th century temple is home to the eponymous deity and his siblings, elder brother Balabhadra and younger sister Subhadra.
- The annual Rathayatra or the Chariot Festival, held in June-July is the most popular of them all.
- The ChariotsThe gigantic chariots are made afresh every year.
- The tallest of the three chariots, which seats Lord Jagannatha, is called Nandighosa.
- The 45-feet tall chariot runs on 16 wheels and is draped in red and yellow fabric.