Aala | Wall niche


Category: Manjush
Location: Dehra, Panipat, Haryana
Cultural region: Khadar
Materials: Earth, Lime, Stone
Earth craft technique: Brick masonry, Mud relief work
Lime craft technique: Plastering
Stone craft technique: Dressing
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK

This set of six aala was a unique example recorded in a traditional haveli where only the caretakers lived presently. The aala at the top were used to keep prints of deities whereas the bottom ones were used for keeping material needed for worship like bottles of ghee, wick and vermillion. The wall surface around this set of aala had mud relief patterns.

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