Orissa News

Taladhwaja,the chariot of BalabhadraThe Chariot of Lord Balabhadra, called the Taladhwaja, has fourteen wheels, each of seven feet diameters, and is covered with red and blue cloth. Its height is forty-four feet.

The Chariot of Subhadra, known as Darpadalan is forty-three feet high with twelve wheels, each of seven feet diameters. This Chariot is decked with the coverings of red and black cloth.Around each of the Chariots are nine Parsvadevatas, the guardian deities, and four horses. Each chariot has a Charioteer called Sarathi,Matali,Darruka and Arjuna are the three charioters attached respectively to the three Chariots of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. Around each of the chariots are nine Parsva devatas, painted wooden images representing different deities on the chariots’ sides. Each of the chariots is attached with four horses. These are of different colours – white ones for Balabhadra, dark ones for Jagannatha and red ones for Subhadra. Each chariot has a charioteer called Sarathi. The three charioteers attached to the chariots of Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra respectively are Matali, Daruka and Arjuna.






Jagannatha's ratha is marked with a cakra and garuda, is yellow in color, with four white horses. The protecting deity is Narsimha

Baladeva's cart is green, with a palm tree insignia, and four black horses. The protecting deity is Sesa.

Subhadra's cart is black, with lotus insignia, protected by Vanadurga

Name of the Chariot




Presiding Deties

Lord Jagannath

Lord Balabhadra

Devi Subhadra

Colour of The Cloth

Yellow, Red

Green, Red

Black, Red


33 Feet

32 Feet

31 Feet

No. of Wooden log used




Length and Breadth

34 Feet 6 Inch X 34 Feet 6 Inch

33 Feet X 33 Feet

31 Feet 6 Inch X 31 Feet 6 Inch

No. of wheels and their heights

18 (Now 16) / 6 Feet

16 (Now 14) / 6 Feet 6 Inch

12 / 6 Feet 8 Inch

No. of side deities

9 idols and the door guard deities 2 idols

9 idols and the door guard deities 2 idols

9 idols and the door guard deities 2 idols

No. of horses and their Colour

4 / White

4 / Black

4 / Red