Chariot construction work started for Goncha festival: 20 feet long and 14 feet wide being built, city parikrama will be held on July 1

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Now the process of chariot construction has started for the 27-day long Goncha Mahaparv in Bastar. On July 1, a city parikrama of the chariot will be conducted with the deities of Lord Jagannath, Goddess Subhadra and Balabhadra. This chariot is being built 20 feet long and about 14 feet wide in front of Sirhasar Bhawan of Jagdalpur. It is being told that the work of making the chariot from Sal wood is going on. The tradition of getting the chariot circumambulation done in Goncha festival in Bastar is only 613 years old.

At the same time, according to the tradition that has been going on for years, the responsibility of making the chariot for the Goncha festival rests with the villagers of Umargaon. Every year the villagers of this village complete the chariot construction work in just 7 to 8 days. There is a folk belief that when Goddess Subhadra expresses her desire to visit Dwarka from Shri Krishna, then Shri Krishna and Balarama take them to Dwarka by sitting in separate chariots. Every year in his memory, a Rath Yatra is organized in Jagannath Puri, Odisha.

The chariot is being made from Sal wood.

On the lines of this, Rath Yatra is also organized in Bastar, which is also known as Goncha festival. Ishwar Khambari, a member of the Goncha Parv Committee in Bastar, told that all the preparations for the festival have been completed. On June 30, there will be Netotsav Puja Vidhi and on July 1 there will be Goncha Rath Yatra Puja Vidhi. In the Goncha festival, the deities of Lord Jagannath, Mata Subhadra and Balabhadra Swami will be circumambulated on three chariots including a new chariot.

This event will be held on this day

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