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Temples & Legends of Himachal Pradesh
Index Of Himachal Pradesh Author
Introduction Background
Kulu - Manali Shyama Kali Temple
Manali Mandi
The Ardhanari Temple, Mandi Buddha Temple
Bijli Mahadev Idol Worship
Hidimba Banasur
Basishta Chamba
Kangra Area Manikaran
Bajreshwari Devi Chintpurni Devi Temple
Baijnath Temple Baglamukhi Deity And Her Temple
Chamunda Nandikeshwar Bilasur
Kinnaur Lahul   And Spiti
Wall Paintings Sirmur
Nath Temple  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

WALL PAINTINGS ON THE TEMPLES OF HIMACHAL

One distinct feature in. some of the temples of Himachal Pradesh that has to be noticed is the  wall paintings which have been decaying through neglect. In the recent decades there has been some study into the wall paintings by a number of scholars although they were noticed earlier by archaeologists and historians*. Dr. Miss Mira Seth's laborious research in "Wall Paintings of the Western Himalayas" is an excellent study on the subject. The wall paintings though not very old (17th to 19th Century) give us a good idea of the religious sense which found an expression in them.

Wall paintings are to be seen in the temples of the districts of Kangra, particularly, and in Kulu, Chamba, Mandi, Mahasu, and Simla

*Coomaraswamy, A.K.,Mughal painting (Catalogue of the Indian Collections in the Museum of Fine Art,Boston).

Anand, MuIk Raj, Persian Paintings.

Archer, W.G.Indian paintin in the Punjab Hills, Indian Minaitures, Kangra Paintings.

Brown, Percy, Indian Painting, Oxford University, Paris.

Goetz  Hermann, The Early Wooden Temples of Chamba(1955).

Several district gazetters of Himacahl Pradesh.

Randhawa, M.A.-Kangra valley Paintins, Krishna Legends n Pagadi Painting, Kangra painting of geeta Gobinda, some Nurpur Paintings, articles in several art Magazines.

(See Bibliography in wall Paintings of the Western Himalayas by Dr.Mira Seth (publications division, India,1976).


Author - P.C. Roy Choudhoury

 

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