Supreme Personality of the Universe 'Lord Jagannath'

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The painting of Lord Jagannath depicts the festival of Puri. In fact the origin and development of Patachitra paintings are inextricably linked with the Jagannath Cult. Each year, the painted wooden images of Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Shubhadra in the Jagannath temple of Puri are ritually given the holy bath. This cleansing leads to the discoloration of the images. Hence, they are removed from the ‘garbha griha’ for repainting. During this period, the temple images are substituted for three paintings, depicting the holy trio, on specially treated clothes or 'Patas' prepared by the temple painter. Hence the name 'Patachitra'. Originating as a ritual, the Patachitra has evolved as a distinct school of painting and is regarded today as one of the most cherished collectors' items.

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The painting of Lord Jagannath depicts the festival of Puri. In fact the origin and development of Patachitra paintings are inextricably linked with the Jagannath Cult. Each year, the painted wooden images of Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Shubhadra in the Jagannath temple of Puri are ritually given the holy bath. This cleansing leads to the discoloration of the images. Hence, they are removed from the ‘garbha griha’ for repainting. During this period, the temple images are substituted for three paintings, depicting the holy trio, on specially treated clothes or 'Patas' prepared by the temple painter. Hence the name 'Patachitra'. Originating as a ritual, the Patachitra has evolved as a distinct school of painting and is regarded today as one of the most cherished collectors' items.

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