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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  
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WALL PAINTINGS ON THE TEMPLES OF HIMACHAL

These Paintings are locally believed to have been executed by artists from Delhi or by the Bujheru family of Brahmin artists who are supposed to have painted the walls of the Narmadesvara. The paintings in the Gaurishankara temple represent Raja Sansar Chand's tastes in a very direct and uninhibited manner. Like his way of life at this time, the paintings are dedicated to the pursuit of love in a frank and open manner without any sheltering behind the curtain of any religious symbols. Here lovers are shown seated on balconies admiring the beautiful scenery or taking a stroll through the gardens where entwined creepers and pairs of birds seem to echo their love. Like all conventional Indian lovers they are rapturously happy in listening to music which is shown in one of the panels. It is perha ps as an apology or an afterthought of their sheer abandon to passion that a few other themes were introduced. Near the ceiling are floral designs, interspersed among them are very small panels showing Siva and Parvati in the forest with Ganesa, a lady playing or her vina the Devi and a few beautiful ranis.

The drawing of the Gaurishankara paintings is very similar to that of the Narmadesvara; the style is typical of the Kangra School patronized by Sansar Chand. Most of the colors of these paintings have faded perhaps due to the use of strong incense in the temple. Whatever remains is proof of excellent quality. The artists not only broke convention by painting secular themes here but also in drawing and painting them in a very naturalistic fashion. For the first time, in pahadi wall paintings are found mountains and hills painted as they are observed in nature.

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