Raghurajpur is a heritage crafts village
on Odisha state, 10 kms from Puri and 55
kms from the state capital Bhubaneshwar.
There are about a 100 houses in the
village and almost everyone is an artisan.
They are Pattachitra painters, an art form
which dates back to 5 BC. They also make
traditional masks, stone idols, paper mache,
sculptures, wooden toys.
Some of these artists have also won National
Awards for their exceptional work.
4. Raghurajpur is also reknowned for being the
birthplace of Kelucharan Mohapatra, the
renowned exponent of the Odissi dance
scenic surroundings of coconut, palm and
jackfruit groves, this village is an ideal
getaway from Puri or Bhubaneshwar.
5. FAMOUS OFFERS:
6. In 1998, the Indian National Trust for Art and
Cultural Heritage (INTACH) did a two year
research and this village was chosen for
being developed as the first heritage village
to be developed as a crafts village.
There are other neighbouring villages like
Dandasahi, Nayakapatna and Khasposak
which are also involved in these work.
7. MAIN ATTRACTION IN RAGHURAJPUR IS
The pattachitra paintings are made over a
piece of cloth known as Patta or a dried palm
leaf, which is first painted with a mixture of
chalk and gum. Over the prepared surface,
colorful and intricate pictures of various
Gods, Goddesses, and mythological scenes
with ornamentation of flowers, trees and
animals are then painted.
EVERY PAINTING CONTAINS MEANING IN IT.
9. Tassar Patta Painting is one of the oldest
style of painting in Orissa, India. Originally
painted on palm leaves with natural
pigments it was used as wall decoration in
ancient temples. Painting is done on Tassar
(silk) which is a natural fabric.
These paintings potray a large variety of
themes, from religious and mythical
narratives. Each piece can take the artists
weeks to produce and in some cases, with
the larger pieces, up to six months.
11. Palm leaves have long been used as writing
materials. It was introduced in the Cuttack
district of Orissa and traditionally was
practiced by the Chitrakar families of
the legends of Ramayana and Mahabharata,
images of gods and goddesses, the nature
and wildlife themes are presented. Vibrant
visual vegetable and mineral colors are used.
Romantic figures drawn on small leaves now
serve as bookmarks in today’s times. Palm
leaf engraving, also called Talapatra chitra or
13. Artist families live in each of the 100 or so
painted, yet modest, houses that face one
another. A series of temples dedicated to
local deities occupy the lane between the
in Raghurajpur, worship and art are one —
each breathes life and gives meaning to the
15. HERITAGE TOURISM COVERS THE TEMPLE OF
KONARK TEMPLE,PURI JAGANATH
TEMPLE AND RAJA RANI TEMPLE.
CULTURAL TOURISM COVERS PROMOTIN OF
CULTURAL TRADITIONS,REVIVAL OF FOLKLORE