Saturday, 14 May 2016

Chariot of Jagannath – NANDIGHOSHA/GARUDADHWAJA/KAPIDHWAJA

Lord Jagannatha’s Chariot is called Nandighosa. It is forty-five feet high and forty – five feet square at the wheel level. It has sixteen wheels, each of seven – foot diameter, and is decked with a cover made of red and yellow cloth. Lord Jagannatha is identified with Krushna, who is also known as Pitambara, the one attired in golden yellow robes and hence the distinguishing yellow stripes on the canopy of this chariot.
Presiding Deties: Shree Jagannath
Number of wheels: 16
Total Number of wooden pieces used: 832
Height: 44′ 2″
Length and breadth: 34’6″ x 34’6″
Wrappings: Red, Yellow colour cloths
Guarded by: Garuda
Name of the charioteer: Daruka
The flag: Trailokyamohini
The horses: Shankha, Balahaka, Suweta, Haridashwa
The rope: Sankhachuda Naguni
Presiding Nine Deities:
(i) Varaha
(ii) Gobardhan
(iii) Krushna, Gopi Krushna
(iv) Nrusingha
(v) Rama
(vi) Narayan
(Vii) Trivikrama
(viii) Hanuman
(ix) Rudra
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