Village Life

Raghurajpur is a heritage crafts village of approximately 125 artisan families surrounded by tribal villages located near Chandanpur, Orissa, India.  Located on the Bhargavi River, it is surrounded by groves of coconut, palm, mango, jackfruit and other tropical trees.
    It is a center for growing betel leaf, so it is no wonder that many of the locals have cheeks filled with the local "chew".




Raghurajpur is in close proximity to Puri (a beachfront town) that features the Jagannath Mandir (temple) dedicated to Jagannath, the Lord of the Universe, an incarnation of Vishnu who is hugely popular in Orissa (non-Hindus are not allowed inside, but exterior is impressive), Konark (Sun Temple famous for erotic carvings), Siruli Mahavir (Monkey Temple), Chilka Lake (largest brackish lagoon in Asia which attracts more than a million migratory birds each year and is famous for its prawns, dolphins and fish).


 

The nearby town of Shakhigopal is a mythologically important site featuring Lord Krishna's Shakhigopal Temple. Bhubaneswar, about an hour away, is know as the City of Temples and features numerous temples (many with erotic carvings) and the Udaigiri and Khandagiri Caves (ornately carved into rock for Jain ascetics in the lst century BC).  On the way to Bhubaneswar is Pipli, a town noted for its brilliant mirrored applique craftwork.