Palm Leaf Painting is an ancient art form of Odisha. Though it is found in other parts of India, in Odisha, it has a special and deep symbolism.
The main theme of this type of painting is its connection with mythology. Most common God and Goddesses are used in palm leaf painting are Lord Jagannath, Lord Ganesha, Krishna and Radha, Durga and Saraswati. Today also Palm leaf is considered to be sacred which is used to print Wedding invitations and New Year cards.
The word ‘Vesa’ (in Sanskrit as also in Odia) means, dress. It is a common feature with all the temples that deities are dressed and decorated daily. On special occasions the deities are also dressed and decorated in suitable manner. The same is also . the case with the deities in the Puri temple. There are particular persons belonging to the temple services who know the traditional ways of dress and decoration. Flowers, tender leaves, silken fabrics, golden ornaments etc. constitute the materials with which the deities are dressed. Sandal wood paste, musk, camphor etc. are also adequately used. Out of the several dresses, mention may here be made of only a few.
This Bhesa takes place in such years which have six days of Panchuka in the month of Kartika. On that occasion Jagannatha is dressed like Nagarjuna (a military general). This Bhesa is also known as the Parasurama Bhesa.
|Made from||Palm Leaf|
|Color||Natural Dyes and others|
|Package Contents||1 Piece of Wall Decor/Hangings|