Words of the day : Juggernaut, Catamaran

Today’s words, juggernaut and catamaran, are of Indian origin.

Juggernaut dictionary definition : A huge, powerful, and overwhelming force or institution.
Origin (source Wikipedia): The English loanword juggernaut in the sense of “a huge wagon bearing an image of a Hindu god” is from the seventeenth century, inspired by the Jagannatha Temple in Puri, Odisha (Orissa), which has the Ratha Yatra (“chariot procession”), an annual procession of chariots carrying the statues of God. The word is derived from the Sanskrit/Odia Jagannātha , combining jagata (“world”) and natha (“lord”), which is one of the names of Krishna found in the Sanskrit epics.

Catamaran dictionary definition : A yacht or other boat with twin hulls in parallel
Origin (source Wikipedia): Catamaran is from a Tamil word, kattumaram, which means “logs tied together”. A catamaran (informally, a “cat”) is a multi-hulled watercraft featuring two parallel hulls of equal size. It is a geometry-stabilized craft, deriving its stability from its wide beam, rather than from a ballasted keel as with a monohull sailboat.

Fun is in usage. Below is an attempt

To avoid the juggernaut caused by devotees packing the roads of Indian port city Puri during the Jagannatha Rath Yatra some visitors for the festival preferred to travel to the city by sea in a catamaran

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