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Indian culture spills out from every corner of its villages; especially in Odisha. Those who make the effort are rewarded with an intricate patchwork of history, culture and natural beauty, along with an old-fashioned sprinkling of sun and sand. From the Rath yatra of Puri & built heritage of Konark to the wild reaches of the Simlipal National Park; the communities of metal craftsmen in Dhenkanal to the colourful haats of the Paroja and Bonda people, the state has much more to offer. The villages of Orissa present a unique blend of tradition and modernity. Every nook and corner of the state is filled with distinctive temples and astonishingly carved monuments. The state captivates with its sandy beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and natural landscape.

Odisha

Raghurajpur

Located in Puri district, Raghurajpur is a heritage craft village. The village is inhabited by artisans producing sheer poetry on pieces of treated cloth, dried palm leaf or paper. Situated on the southern bank of river Bhargavi and surrounded by coconut, palm, mango, jackfruit groves and other tropical trees, Raghurajpur has an idyllic setting. The villages of Odisha have a rich tradition of art and cultural activities. The rural people celebrate various fairs and festivals throughout the year with pomp and cheerfulness. Raghurajpur is also known for the performing art known as Gotipua, the precursor to Indian dance form of Odissi. It has been performed in Odisha for centuries by young boys, who dress as women to praise Jagannath and Krishna.

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