Puri is brimming with shops and stalls selling colourful religious trinkets. Odisha being known for its vibrant handicrafts, Puri has plenty of these to offer, including applique lamps in bright colours and pattachitra – pictures painted on cloth and palm leaf.
Paintings and Pattachitra
You can find all the way round the Grand Road - the main road in front of the Shree Jagannath Temple's lion's gate, shops selling rudraksha (holy seeds), images of Lord Jagannath, brass idols, paintings, wooden replica of chariots and other devotional items.
Being a beachside destination, shells are available in abundance in Puri. Over the years the ace craftsmen have perfected the art of making artefacts out of shells. You can find a number of shops along the beach selling a variety of utilities, decorative showpieces made of shells.
Pattachitra is a picture painted on a piece of cloth known as Patta or a dried palm leaf. This form of art is closely related to the Shree Jagannath temple traditions in Puri. The colors used are bright white, red, yellow, blue, green and black and are prepared from natural ingredients.