The Lord Jagannath Temple of Puri has decided to preserve the chariots used in the annual Rath Yatra this year for future. The sacred Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra was done under the strict guidelines of the Supreme Court amid the coronavirus scare.

“The wood can be treated to keep it safe from termites and worms if necessary. If any part of the chariots breaks during dismantling, it will be replaced,” temple’s chief administrator, Krishan Kumar, said as quoted by The Telegraph.

“A plan was approved at a joint meeting of the Chhatisha Niyog (confederation of 36 servitors) and the temple management committee to keep the three chariots at the Pramod Udyana (recreation garden on the Mutta premises),” he added.

Krishan added that the temple is planning to form a technical committee to assure the complete plan protects the chariots until at least next year.

“Officials of the administration have been asked to identify the place where the chariots will be parked. No decision has been taken on whether the existing three chariots will be preserved or new ones will be constructed,” Bijay Mahapatra, the Chief Carpenter of Nandighosha-the chariot of Jagannath, said.