It’s the village of Raghurajpur that is located at a distance of ten km from Puri town. From the state capital city Bhubaneswar, it is located 55 km away. In this village, near about hundred houses are there. And every house at least has an artisan. These artists are also called as the Pattachitra painters. This is an art that dates back to the fifth century BC. These artists are also good at the making of stone idols, traditional masks, wooden toys, paper mache and sculptures. There are also some leading artisans in this village who have won the National Awards due to their excellent art works. The village of Raghurajpur is located among the scenic beauty that is created by the palm trees, coconut trees and the jackfruit groves.
When you are searching for the most ideal gateway to Bhubaneswar or Puri, this village may appear as the top choice. This village is also popular as this is the birthplace for Guru Shri Kelucharana Mohapatra who is the most famous Odishi dance artists and known across the globe. He is the one who managed to take this dance art to the next level and made it very popular across the globe. It is also said the artisans of this village were once forced to work as the farmers because they were not able to find their bread and butter through this art work.
During that time they have faced a lot of problems while trying to sell their art works. During the year 1998, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage took initiative and did a research for two years. After that research, the Raghurajpur was selected and announced as the first heritage village for the development works. After this, attempts were made to develop this place as the crafts village of Odisha. They have started to train these villagers to learn the traditional methods and helped them to implement the same with their art works.
Raghurajpur Crafts and Paintings covers puri sand art sculpture, Pipli Art and Crafts, Applique Craft, textiles Orissa. Orissa is most famous for the rich historical heritage, temple architecture; vibrant living temples, golden sand beaches, puri jagannath temple and amazing nature are few highlights of this Golden Triangle. No doubt, it is rated as one of the best Family Holiday Destination in Odisha. Puri, Konark, Bhubaneswar popularly known as Golden Triangle Tour in Odisha offers best family holiday option to meet everyone’s interest.