Aala | Wall niche
Location: Dewarhu, Sonipat, Haryana
Cultural region: Khadar
Materials: Earth, Stone, Textile
Earth craft technique: Brick masonry, Painting
Stone craft technique: Dressing
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK
Aala is also commonly used as a place of worship in residences across Haryana. Prints of gods and goddesses are placed on a red coloured cloth laid on the surface. Bottles of ghee, oil, and wicks were kept in the lower part. A curtain was hung to cover the aala when not in use, with a belief of keeping evil energies away from the shrine.