- The Vedic Science Research Centre (VSRC), Odisha, has asked Puri’s Sri Jagannath temple administration and the Odisha government to stop the cutting of a large number of trees in future for the construction of new chariots for the Rath Yatra. This comes in the backdrop of widespread destruction of tress due to extremely severe cyclone Fani which had recently hit the state.
- VSRC is an organisation of ethno-biologists. It studies biological and environmental consciousness in ancient India and its scriptures.
- Jagannath Rath Yatra is an annual event, which is celebrated on Ashadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (second day in bright fortnight of Ashadha month) in the month of June or July. It is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, his sister Goddess Subhadra and his elder brother Lord Balabhadra. It is held at Puri, Odisha. The festival commemorates Jagannath’s annual visit to Gundicha Temple.
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