Temple Cars-Thaer wooden chariots
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28th Nov, 2020
- Dakshina Chitra reopens, welcoming visitors back into its open air museum spaces with a seminar on thaer wooden chariots.
What are Temple Cars?
- Temple carsare chariots that are used to carry representations of Hindu gods.
- The temple car events (thaerthiruvizha) is unique to South Indian states, especially to Tamil Nadu.
- There is an architectural connection or similarity between a temple gopuram(tower) and the temple car.
- The car is built in such a way that the lower-most tier is heavy and is made of teak wood, and as it goes up, it is made with lighter wood.
- The knowledge of a car’s composition, construction, dimension, design and shape is based on ancient texts or the Aagamas.
The Car temple event
- It is usually held annually in March and April, lasts more than 25 days.
- It is often mentioned in the devotional hymns of saints Tirugnanasambandar and Sundararas well as in Tamil literature.
- This is similar to the festival, called RathaYatra, which is a famous festival mainly observed in Eastern India.