Today, on the occasion of Rath Yatra, we are showing you the stone wheel engraved in the walls of Konark Sun Temple. This 13th century temple is also a World Heritage Site. It is designed as a chariot consisting of 24 wheels. Some people say that these wheels represent 24 hours in a day. The Konark wheel is also used as the official election symbol of the Government of India and some currency notes of the Indian Rupee.
Rath Yatra, which literally means ‘Festival of Chariots’, is an important festival of Hindus that is organised each year at the famous Jagannatha temple in Puri, Odisha. It is one of the oldest rath yatras in the world. On this day, the idols of Lord Jagannath and his siblings (Goddess Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra) are decorated and brought to cover a 3-km-long journey (from Jagannath Temple to the Gundicha Temple) in chariots drawn by over hundreds of devotees, every year.