Dr. Mira Seth remarks: -"In the earliest wall paintings in the
Himalayas, secular scenes are rarely found. Narmadesvara is an exception of this. In one
panel is depicted Raja Sansar Chand standing in a forest. In another, be is shown standing
with his courtiers in front of a Guru behind whom is illustrated a small temple. There is
an illustration of the town of Vrindavana and finally, a beautiful hunting scene showing
rajas and nobles out-hunting on horse back painted in very -vivid red, maroon, orange,
green, blue and brown colors".*
Gaurishankara temple on a hill top above
Narmadesvara temple stated to be built by Raja Sansar Chand in A.D. 1804 has also a number
of remarkable paintings." "Architecturally, the Gaurishankara temple is somewhat
unconventional as it does not follow the norms laid down in the ancient treatises on
temple architecture. The images of Siva and Parvati also do not conform to the
conventional iconographic types. Siva here looks like a pahadi young man and Parvati has
the features of a Rajput woman of the hills. Its non - conformity may be partly explained
by the fact that it was not meant to be a temple for the public but only a private chapel.
Sansar Chand lived in this fort after his
political ambition of dominance over the entire hill region had ended due to the Gorkha
invasion and subsequent Sikh domination. It seems that Sansar Chand then devoted his
entire time and declining energies to his favourite pastime-the pursuit of pleasure.
According to the legend he shut himself up in this fort with his favourite dancing girl
Jamalo and refused to see his courtiers. The courtiers would come up to the fort, salute a
tree standing in front of the royal apartments and depart, having paid their homage
through the tree to their prince.
*Wall Paintings of Western Himalayas
by Dr. M. Seth (page 51).