Actor Rajeev Khandelwal is set to have a narrative titled “The Legend Of Jagannath”, which investigates the Indian religious celebration of Rath Yatra.
The hour-long narrative, to be disclosed on National Geographic channel on July 4, will showcase the shading and functions connected with Rath Yatra, a celebration in Odisha which includes moving gods Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshana on wooden chariots.
The Rath Yatra included in the narrative will demonstrate the custom of supplanting old icons of the divinities with new ones – a practice that happens after either eight, twelve or nineteen years.
Rajeev, who calls himself a skeptic, says he was interested to know more about the celebration and why it pulls in a few aficionados.
“I got a chance to witness something as immense as this, which is an ideal open door and be a part of the Rath Yatra. I am a skeptic, which is the reason I needed to go. I needed to go there and see what gets individuals such huge numbers and why,” Rajeev told IANS.
“I really went there and saw the confidence, the sheer experience… It’s hard to place it in words. Not that I changed over after that, but rather I comprehended the confidence that individuals have, their trepidation of god and their convictions,” he included.
The performing artist feels that a greater part of Indians have faith in God, and that they have their own particular purposes behind having that confidence.
“You can perceive how it has changed their lives, their reality. A few people originate from remote corners of the nation just to go to the Yatra,” the 40-year-old said……..
This documentary, which is a Nat Geo Exclusive, will showcase what happens behind the scenes much before the actual event. So, there’s an in-depth analysis of the making of the new chariots and the new idols of the deities — also explaining why the appearance of these deities is so different.
“The Legend of Jagannanth” will tell the story of the carpenters of the gigantic chariots, who instead of using measuring tapes for construction, have relied on the centuries-old tradition of using hand spans for generations.
It will also showcase what it takes to host the huge event on such a big scale. The food as well as the security arrangements for over a million of people visiting will be touched upon. The documentary will also explore the legend and the mythology that surrounds the origin of Jagannath…….
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