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Rath Yatra, also known as the Chariot Festival, is believed to be as old as the Jagannath Temple in Puri. This year the Lord Jagannath Yatra will be held on July 7.

Jagannath, Jagannathji Temple, Rath Yatra
The deities seated in the sacred chariot are made from tamarind seeds and were completed in seven days. The chariot is two inches high from base to top | (Photo: PTI)

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The Odisha Police will trial AI technology for effective traffic and crowd management during the Lord Jagannath festival, a senior police official has said.

The Rath Yatra, also known as the Chariot Festival, is believed to be as old as the Jagannath Temple in Puri. This year the Jagannath festival falls on July 7.

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“As a pilot project, this is the first time that we are trying to use AI-based CCTV coverage across all the around 40 CCTV points where we have installed CCTV cameras. We will use AI integrated into the CCTV system. We will also use drone system to identify blind spots and congestion areas. We are also using PA (public address) system along with drones to identify four to five spots every year where there are usually massive traffic jams and this will help assist police officers,” Odisha Additional DGP Dayal Gangwar told ANI on Saturday.

Earlier, on July 6, Bhubaneswar-based miniature artist L Eswar Rao created an eco-friendly float of the holy trinity — Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Balabhadra — using paper and incense sticks ahead of the world-famous Rath Yatra.

The deities seated in the sacred chariot were made of tamarind seeds and completed in seven days. The chariot is two inches high from base to top.

Miniature artist L Eswar Rao told ANI, “To mark this year's Rath Yatra, I decided to make miniature models of the chariots of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Balabhadra using paper and incense sticks. It took me seven days to complete the project by decorating it with stars. I used tamarind seeds to make the idols of the deities.”

Rao further said that the idols of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra and Balabhadra mounted on the chariot are just half a centimetre long and the chariot of the holy trinity is two inches high from top to bottom.

Rao has been practicing miniature art for the past 25 years, since his school days. Whether it's drawing the World Cup trophy on the tip of a pencil or creating a tiny sculpture of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel using soap, Rao never misses an opportunity to sculpt something fascinating.



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