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The #RathaJatra festival is being celebrated at the Jagannath temple in Puri, Odisha today. For those who want to learn more about the temple's heritage and how it functions, @GrassRoutesJnys conducts an insightful immersive tour of the Old City around it:…
One of the highlights is visiting the potters colony, which provides about 15,000 new clay pots to the temple every day. They're used for cooking the 56 different dishes that are offered as holy food to the deity and later sold to devotees as mahaprasad.
Men carry the pots of all sizes to the temple in baskets on their heads. They walk barefooted for purity. It's an astonishing and captivating sight. The men must be so strong!
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Every year for the #RathaJatra, three huge rathas or chariots are made by artisans in Puri. Traditionally they are divided into seven categories, called sapta-rathakāras, 'seven makers of the ratha'. These traditional craftsmen hence preserve the ancient art of making rathas.
This thread is about the rathakāras, their functions and how these units of servitor-artisans work separately yet together to build the harmonious rathas. #RathaJatra
1. Mukhya Mahāraṇā or Guṇākāra (ମୁଖ୍ୟ ମହାରଣା ବା ଗୁଣାକାର) : Three maharanas plan, engineer and supervise the construction of the three rathas respectively. The method of building a ratha in the Kalingan idiom is a very specialised skill, carefully preserved for centuries.
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