Every household has a painter and can show you lavishly painted, the age-old tradition paintings on canvas, skil (tassar) and other varieties like Pattachitra, papiermache, masks, stone idols, sculptures, wooden idils and toys and many more. Raghurajpur is 12Km(kilometers) from Puri on Bhubaneswar road in 203 National highway, near Chandanpur. Raghurajpur - the artisans’ village, is a living museum itself. The recently drawn mural paintings on the house walls are a step forward to make impression about survival of the past glory. One can contact any house in this village for the painting. The village ambience is also heart touching. This is a Heritage Craft Village of Odisha.
This ancient land is famous for its Applique work. One can find a series of shops decorated with many applique works with bright colors. Futher ahead on the National highway 40 Km from Puri another craft village awaits for you known as Pipili. These are organized by skilled craft persons, perhaps, a remnant of Mughal days. The varieties are like umbrellas, lamps shades, wall cloths, table covers, sofa covers, children cloths, bad covers and many more. People love to see the varieties they even like to purchase the handicrafts. From Pipili one can straight way proceed to Dhauli, an important historical site famous for Shanti stupa and Asokan Rock Edicts on a Hillock. It is said that the famous Kalinga War was fought here during the 3rd century BC. It is also a Buddhist site and many archaeologist relics are discovered here. It is only six Km away from Bhubaneswar.
On the way, there are a few scenic spots with Temple, like Ramachandi and Beleswar (14Kilometers). Now you can enter in the marvels of time and space, the elegant stone house of art and architecture -- the Sun Temple of Konark. While driving from Puri, you can cross Tosali Sand Resorts, a luxurious hotel. From Puri, one can visit the World Heritage Monument-- Konark Temple, 35 Km on the Marine Drive. Here, sunrise is very beautiful and enchanting.The entrance ticket may be purchased (Rs 5/- per Indians and US $ 5 for foreigners) from ASI ticket Booth. On future Konark, one can see the beauty of the sea at Chandrabhaga, which is regarded as Tirtha also. Konark since ancient times is a celebrated centre for Sun worship. Konark as ArkaKshetra finds mention in SambhaPuran. Sambha, the son of Sri Krishna as the Puranic story goes, worshiped the Sun here and installed the image and got cured from Leprosy. It has a long tradition of Sun worship interwoven with many legends and stories. Konark One can love the natural fascination of the Marine Drive Konark while driving. This is 3 km away from Konark.
SATAPADA ON CHILIKA:
It is a lake side resort sited on the southeast side of Chilika lagoon which is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. Chilika is home to extra than a hundred species of fish and dolphins. With the onset of winter, birds begin to arrive in Chilika. Chilika covers an area of 1,165 square km (Kilometers) over the district of Puri, Khurda and Ganjam. 50 Km. A tiny cluster of seven islands 'sata' means seven and 'pada' means village. From Puri, on the road leading to land's end you find Satapada. This is where the lake meets the Bay of Bengal.
JAGANNATH RATH YATRA:
The much well-known Temple Chariot Festival of Lord Jagannath, takes place in Puri. The chariots are pulled by devotees till the Gundicha temple which is believed as Lord's aunt house and three lords stays there for nine days. Nine days later, the journey is repeated in the opposite direction. Jagannath Rath Yatra In this festival the temple images are carried out of the temple to the street in three huge chariots in the name of Nandighosha for Lord Taladhwaja, Jagannath for Lord Balabhadra and Darpadolana for Goddess Subhadra.
The distance between the gates of the Gundicha Temple and Jagannath Temple is exactly 2,688.0696 meters (8327 feet). The temple is surrounded by a wall and stands in the middle of garden. It consists of four pars connected with kitchen rooms, by a narrow passage. The tower, a construction of Pidha type, is 75 feet high with a base of 55 feet by 46 feet outside, and 36 feet 8inches by 27 feet inside. The most important sanctuary of the Lord Jagannath is the Gundicha Temple--the abode to Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra. Except for these few days, it is unoccupied. But there is a small establishment of servants by whom it is regularly maintained. There is a plain raised seat, 19 feet long and 4 feet high, made of chlorite and this is called the Ratnavedi -- the throne on which the images are placed when brought to the temple. It is located at the other end of the great highway (Badadanda). All the four structures (Vimana, Jagamohan, Natamandap, and Bhogamandap) bear the traces of several plastering and are carved in places with obscene figures in mortar.
There is a popular Loknath Temple belief that Lord Ram had installed this lingam with a Lauka or Pumpkin. The Temple was build during 10th-11th century A.D. This is the well-known Siva temple of Puri, placed about one kilometer away from the Jagannath Temple, Loknath Temple towards the western end. The devotees come here to see Lord Loknath to be cured from any kind of disease. There are certain festivals observed in this temple, out of which 'Saranti-Somobar-mela' is the important one. There is a stream on the head of the Sivalinga playing the role of the Ganges, and the lingait self remains under the water. People take it as Prasad to be cured from the disease that they suffered for. The festival of Siva Ratri is observed in the temple of Lokanath with great devotion. A meeting of Siva and Vishnu takes place on the day. The flowers, sandal paste, Bilva-patra etc offered to the God remain decomposed in the water emitting a special smell.
This temple is placed on the embankment of a big sacred pond--MarkandeyaSoravara. This reminds us of the similar temple build at DasasvamedhaGhat of Yajpur built in the 10th century by the Somavamsi Kings. Brahmi, Maheswari, Andri, Kaumari, Vaisnavi, Varahi and Camanda are known as the seven mother Goddesses. Sometimes, Narasimha replaces Vaisnavi a female from the man-lion incarnation of the Lord Vishnu. However, the shrine of the seven mother goddess at the pond Markanda proves very well that once upon a time Puri was a bonafide SaktaPitha and Goddess Vimala was the presiding deity of this pitha.
The place is known as Bankimuhana. It is place largely visited by the pilgrims. Nearby is the temple of Chaitanya called Sunar-Gouranga. The Chakratirtha, a small and unprotected pool, is in the south-east of Jagannath Temple, on the sea beach of popularly known as C.T. Road heading towards Pentha Kata - the fisherman village. It is evidently a part of the old mouth of the Balagandi stream that flowed across the Badadanda to the sea.
For Hindu devotees, visit Puri and not taking a dip in the five holy water is like an incomplete pilgrimage. Although there are slight variations in opinion about the five holy waters in which one should take a dip, but the most commonly accepted are the sacred water tanks Indradyumna, close to Gundicha Temple; Manikarnika, Markandeya and Swetaganga and the sea. It is called the Pancha Tirtha where panch means ‘five.' The Markandeya Tank is considered to be the starting point where pilgrims should begin their journey to the sacred town of Jagannath. It’s a tank that’s spread over four acres along with the Markandeshwar temple, where Lord Shiva is worshiped. Swetaganga Tank is the one that lies south of Nilachal or Puri. There are two temples dedicated to the Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu and King Sweta, which stand on the banks of this sacred water tank. The Rohini Kund, which is located on the premises of the Jagannath Temple, is also one of the sacred water sources where pilgrims take a dip.