Raghurajpur, a heritage crafts village in the district of Puri in Orissa, is renowned for its master Pattachitra painters and Gotipua dance troupes. Pattachitra is a 5th BC form of art in the region, while Gotipua dance troupes are the precursor of Odissi, an Indian classical form of dance. The village is also famous as the birthplace of Kelucharan Mohapatra, who is one of finest Odissi exponents and Guru.
The main village of Raghurajpur, located in the vicinity of coconut groves, palm, mango and jack fruit, is mostly decorated with mural paintings, and offers beautiful natural surroundings. Besides, the region also creates the crafts like Tussar paintings, palm leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, wooden, cow dung and papier mache toys and masks, among others. Moreover, the Patas – the traditional decoration of the three chariots – during the annual Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra Festival is done only at Raghurajpur which is about 14 km away from Puri.
LocationTo approach this tiny village, which lies on the southern banks of River Bhargabi (Bhargavi), you can use the state highway, Bhubaneswar road and NH-203. Raghurajpur, near Chandanpur Bazaar, is situated about 14 km far from Puri.
Major AttractionsPattachitra Paintings
One of the major attractions of Raghurajpur is Pattachitra Paintings. These are done on a piece of cloth called Patta or a dried palm leaf painted with a calk and gum mixture.
The village offers the venue for the annual Basant Utsav - Parampara Raghurajpur (Spring Festival).
You can enjoy in this village, which is known as a template for heritage tourism, the heritage walks with villagers who are trained by INTACH to provide you these walks.