After exploring every nook and corner of the massive hotel, we went to sleep a bit early as we didn’t want to be late to start our journey the next day. However, before that, we went for a long walk along the beach during the night. We got up early in the morning and ordered breakfast right in our room. The room services were excellent and the staff members didn’t give the opportunity for any complain. We hired a cab and decided to start our journey with the Sudarshan Craft Museum Puri.
We knew that it is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the country. It is located in what is known as the Station Road and started operations in the year 1977. On reaching the site, we came to know that the name of the Museum has been derived from its founder, Shri Sudarshan Sahoo. And as expected, the museum is full of different types of artistic works created by Sudarshan Sahoo. We could easily spot many magnificent pieces of art engraved in unique canvas materials like fibre glass, stone, wood.
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There were many fine paintings and handicraft items as well. We could also spot a Buddhist temple located inside the premises of the museum. The temple was built in traditional Japanese style and is accompanied by a workshop and a library. There is no doubt about the fact that the museum is a must visit place especially if you are a big fan of Indian art.
One of the members of the Museum told us that Shri Sudarshan Sahoo laid the foundation of the Museum in 1977 after he came back from Japan where he had decorated the Atami Stupa. It is believed that Shri Sahoo had been creating different forms of art through sculptures made of wood and stone in his ancestral home located in Kumuti Sahi. However, after travelling to different parts of the country and abroad, he decided to set up an institution which will act as a showroom, workshop or platform for artists who are willing to showcase their talent to the world.