Lord JagannathFestival of Chariots

SOME INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT HOSTING THE FESTIVAL


CHARIOT PREPARATION

Devotees started two months prior to the festival to renovate and repaint the chariot. Devotees help with:

Total = 30 devotees
Cost for chariot repairs   - R 35000.00

SITE SETUP

Site set up starts two weeks prior to the festival

The set up includes:

MARQUEE SETUP

A total of 35 marques were erected by three different companies over a duration of 8 days.

The cost of the marques was R80000.00
A total of 900000 m2 tarpaulin was erected

ELECTRICAL SETUP

A cost of R 23000.00 was paid to the municipality for the connection of electricity for site connection.

The following was connected

OTHER SITE REQUIREMENTS

A total of 850 l/m of fencing was erected in one day
10 containers were hired for storage

WASTE MANAGEMENT

A total of 200 m3 of waste was generated from the festival site which was disposed by Durban solid waste.

It took a team of 12 cleaning staff to keep the site clean. They worked from 7 am to 12 pm during the festival.

TRANSPORT

Transport is sponsored by a number of companies

Some of the requirements

A total of 26 truck loads with an average truck size of 10 ton

OTHER SITE REQUIREMENTS

PARSADAM COOKING

Prasadam cooking started at 12 midnight each day and was finished by 7 am. It was loaded into an insulated truck and delivered to the site by 9 am.

This service is done by approximately 35 devotees and the cleaning of the vegetables by another 20 devotees.

Meals were prepared for approximately 30000 people per day with a total of 120000 meals

INGREDIENTS FOR COOKING

STAGE PROGRAMMES

There were 4 new dramas. These took place from 12 noon to  11 pm every day.

Classical dances -14

Lectures -8

SENIOR DEVOTEES

We were fortune to have the many gurus that will attended the  Festival of chariots

FESTIVAL ATTENDANCE

Estimated crowd attendance over the 4 days - 250 000
120 000 free meals were served at the festival

 

Durban, North Beach: April 10-13
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