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Raghurajpur

Raghurajpur. near Puri, is a village is engaged in keeping alive rich traditions of Oriya Patachitra painting. Patachitra is a canvas made by coarse white cloth joined with an adhesive made of tamarind seeds. Both side of the cloth is coated with a mixture of tamarind paste and soap stone powder and dried. Master painters of the village create the painting on the dried cloth. National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) declared it as a heritage village in 2000

Raghurajpur is an idyllic village on the southern bank of the Bhargavi river is inhabited by artisans producing sheer poetry on pieces of treated cloth, dried palm leaf or paper. The village runs from east to west with houses arranged in two neat rows, facing each other. The outer walls of most of the houses are wonderfully decorated with mural paintings of mythological scenes from the Ramayan and the Mahabharat. At the centre, runs a line of small temples and the lone Bhagabat Tungi, the community meeting place of the villagers. The presiding deity of this village is Goddess Bhuasuni and a temple is dedicated to her. Apart from this temple other temples are dedicated to Gods like Radha Mohan, Gopinath, Raghunath, Laxminarayan and Gouranga.
  
Raghurajpur has its own identity as the cradle of the rich traditions of Orissan arts and crafts at one place. The primary art of this village is Pattachitra, but apart from this, the village has a community of artisans, who produce different varieties of handicrafts items such as palm leaf engravings, stone carvings, papier mache toys and masks, wood carvings, wooden toys, cowdung toys and tusser paintings. Perhaps nowhere else in India one finds such a congregation of so many arts at one place. This is also the only village in India, where each family is engaged in one craft or another. Some of them are winners of National Awards. One comes across the best tradition of Orissan paintings and some of the finest pieces of work in this village. “AT Raghurajpur, every villager is an artist and every house is an artist’s studio.” Here, art is not just a profession or passion but it is a way of life.

After National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) declared it as a heritage village in 2000 it became a major rural tourist destination of Orissa attracting thousands of domestic and foreign tourists. It is the first village to be developed as part of the rural tourism promotion project.

Every year Raghurajpur hosts a spring festival in the month of February/March named as 'Basant Utsav - Parampara'. It was first organized in 1993 by State Tourism Department and Astern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata. Huge crowd visits this village during this festival.
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Climateis generally pleasant throughout the year with the Summer temperatures not going beyond 35C. However the humidity levels are high due to the proximity to the sea. The best time to visit is post Monsoon October - March period.
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