The Patachitras are believed to be one of
the earliest indigenous paintings in the state of Orissa, traditionally painted
by temple functionaries who lived in and around the temple town of Puri. In the
present day, the largest population of Patachitra painters / chitrakars, mainly
belonging to the Maharana and Mahapatra castes, live in the picturesque village
of Raghurajpur, on the banks of river Bhargavi. This tradition is inherited in
the form of a family sketch book, handed down over generations and cherished as
a sacred possession.