Bike trip to Raghurajpur (Artisans Village)
Man & Machine: Samaresh Biswal & Honda Unicorn
Stardate: [-28] 02360.00
Distance: 70 Km from Bhubaneswar on the Puri highway road
Highway: NH 203
Landmark: from Chandanpur one has to take a left 1.5 km near the police station
Route: Bhubaneswar – Pipili – Chandanpur- Raghurajpur
Raghurajpur a quaint hamlet situated near puri around 70 km form Bhubaneswar .As one reached this picturesque village situated on the banks of river Bhargavi ,Surrounded by coconut, jackfruit, mango and some other tropical trees, this village has a very pleasant atmosphere. The nearby paddy fields are dotted with numerous betel-leave gardens. As one enters the village the houses are arranged in two neat rows facing each other. The mural paintings in the homes are an exceptional piece of work. This place is famous for Pattachitra, Tassar painting, palm leaf engraving, paper masks, stone idols, sculptures, wooden toys, etc.This place has been designated as heritage village by UN & GOI, as every family (311) in this village is associated with art. Some of these artists are the National Award winners .This hamlet is famous for its traditional performing dance, known as Gotipua and is the birth place of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, the great Odissi dancer. As the time came to bid adieu! I am surprised there exist village like this, where art rules the hearts even in this age of crude materialism.