After successfully celebrating the Rath Yatra festival, albeit in the absence of devotees, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has taken the decision not to dismantle the three chariots of the deities.
According to the TOI, the three chariots of Rath Yatra shall be placed on display at the Jagannath Ballav mutt in Puri. The administration is preparing a foolproof plan to conserve and maintain the chariots.

As a tradition, the chariots used for ferrying the three deities–Krishna, Balarama and Subhadra–are dismembered every year after the conclusion of the Rath Yatra in Puri. The wheels and a few other parts are auctioned, and the remaining ones are used as fuel in the Jagannath Temple kitchen.

Chariots used in Jagannath Rath Yatra to be conserved, displayed at local temple

Krishan Kumar, SJTA Chief Administrator, told the press that talks have started with the carpenters, engineers and servitors about preservation of the chariots. However, they need time to prepare a plan of action on maintenance of the chariots.

Reportedly, the place to park the chariots has to be identified. In the forthcoming meetings, it will be finalised whether or not the chariots will be disassembled because once the parts are disintegrated, it would be hard to reassemble them.

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