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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

There is a remarkable painting of a lady just sitting in her house and evidently gossiping with her friends. Scholars both male and female are shown reading from manuscripts and reciting mantras from them. The sadhus were accepted as normal human beings forming a segment of society, and were not considered as any special group or class that demanded any special attention; in the paintings they are not extended any unusual veneration. The artists have shown them on riverbanks or in huts or under trees seated in meditation. They are also depicted in ordinary human pursuits like washing their clothes after a bath or warming themselves in front of a fire. Yoginis or women yogis have also been painted. The artists of the Devi mural have taken a great deal of interest in presenting their thematic content in the context of nature. But while they presented vegetal nature and the world of animals in a somewhat naturalistic manner, flowing water like streams and rivers and hills were shown very conventionally.

Considerable attention has been given to the drawing of architectural -details. The huts of the common people, the houses of the relatively rich and the palaces of the Devi have all been painted with attention to detail. The huts of the poor, for instance, are painted in mustard and brown to give the effect of straw, the larger houses in red and white to produce the effect of standstone and marble. The palaces of the Devi are provided with columns, turrets and towers that were so common in Rajasthani palaces. There is one interesting technical point to note in this painting, namely, the use of the design of cubes within cubes, evidently to create the illusion of depth.

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