The Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra or Rath Jatra (festival of chariots) is the most famous event in Odisha and it is the time when Lord Jagannath and his siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra are taken in a procession in Ashada Maas (the third month of lunar calendar) and open for everyone to view the deities. The three chariots Nandighosa of Lord Jagannath, TalaDhwaja of Balabhadra and DwarpaDalana of Subhadra are taken on a procession on Bada Danda (big avenue). These chariots are made from select wood every year. The term Juggernaut is derived from this great Rath Yatra. The artist has vividly described the Rath Yatra of the Lord in great detail in vibrant colours. This Pattachitra made on handmade cloth is made using natural colours and is a must have for those who value traditional paintings.
Pattachitra, Tado Chitra and Tasar Chitra are art forms from Odisha , with the heritage village of Raghurajpur being the hub, with a history of over a thousand years. These paintings have a unique art form where Chitrakars have created some glorious paintings from the life and times of Lord Krishna, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Ganesha and Lord Jagannath. Pattachitras are made with natural colours on either cotton cloth (Patta), silk cloth (Tasar) or Palm leaf (Tado). The Geographical Indication (GI) status given to these paintings indicates the uniqueness of Pattachitra paintings. With a mix of classical and folk traditions Pattachitra, Tasar Chitra and Tado Chitra can easily blend into both traditional and contemporary homes. And, of course, as in the Puri Jagannath temple the Lord Jagannath Pattachitra can be adorned in the Puja room instead of the idols!