After matching of all prerequisites, the rituals including homa (fire sacrifice) is performed there to invite all demigods to give their blessings and cutting of the tree can start. First only the golden axe can touch the tree, then silver and after that iron axe can finish the work. 108 names of the Lord are chanted continuously. A small cart with four wheels is made out of smaller branches of every tree and the main trunks of the trees are transported on these carts to Jagannath Temple Puri. The Darus are ritualistically bathed and surrounded with silky clothes before transportation. As popularly believed, it is not permissible to look at uncovered Daru because viewing a Daru in that state is considered as a great sin. The cart loaded with Daru is pulled all the way by the devotees of the villages it passes through. The transportation of the Darus to Jagannath Temple Puri is taken up in the following order
At the entrance of Puri town there is a temple known as Alam Chandi temple . The carts loaded with the sacred Daru (wooden logs) are brought into Puri via the road in front of Alam Chandi temple. It is believed that Alam Chandi is supreme to sanctify the logs so that no harm is done at the time of shaping them to form the figures of the three deities. As per the tradition, after getting agnyamala (permission) from Goddess Alam Chandi the carts with Sacred wood enters into Puri and pulled all the way to reach the Jagannath Temple. The wood enters the Jagannath temple through its northen gate before the scheduled date of Annual Bathing Ceremony of the Deities (Devasnana Purnima). The woods are kept in the Koili Baikuntha, situated in the northwest corner of the Temple. It is the place where the old deities will be buried and the new ones made. The sacred Daru are kept here in the same carts in which they are fetched to the Temple. On the day of Snana Purnima, the old deities receive the ceremonial bath on Snana Mandap and the Darus also receive the ritual bath along with the old deities on the same day. One the next day of Snana Purnima, according to the pre-defined procedure, they are finally moved to the Nirman Mandap after special Puja offered by Pati Mahapatra.
Following table provides the details of the places from where the sacred Neem trees cut for the Deities in previous Navakalevaras.
|Year||Log of Deities||Place||District|
|Subhadra||Polar Mahar, Udaypur||Puri|
|Sudarshana||Deuli Matha, Kakatpur||Puri|
|Sudarshana||Shore of Dhanua River||Puri|
|Subhadra||Shore of Kandla River||Cuttack|
|Jagannath||Shore of Champaghar stream||Khurdha|
|Sudarshana||Singh Sahi, Niali||Cuttack|
|Subhadra||Shore of Luna River||Puri|
|Balabhadra||Shoreof Kandala River||Cuttack|