Raghurajpur Tourism

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Raghurajpur Overview

Raghurajpur is a village in the Puri District of Orissa. The village is located on the banks of River Bhargavi and lies about 15 km away from Puri and about 50 km away from Bhubaneshwar.

Set amidst meadows and groves, the village is known as a hub of heritage arts and crafts, popular for its Pattachitra and Tusshar paintings, palm leaf engravings, wooden toys and carvings among others. It is also famous for the Gotipua dance from which, the Odissi form of dance is said to have evolved.

The Pattachitra paintings, for which the village is most well known, are made on large cloth pieces using many bright colours and depict a variety of subjects ranging from nature to mythological events. These are used as a backdrop for idols of deities in temples and houses, as well as a wall hanging.

Raghurajpur is also known for a few temples dedicated to deities such as Raghunath and Laxminarayan, as well as the local deity, Bhuasuni. The village was recently developed to be a major heritage tourist destination of Orissa.

Although there are no direct buses to Raghurajpur, one can get off at Chandanpur, 2 km away and either walk or take a taxi or cycle rickshaw to the village. The closest railway station is at Puri and the closest airport is at Bhubaneshwar.Raghurajpur can be visited throughout the year.

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