Aliya | Wall niche
Location: Panjola, Rupnagar, Punjab
Cultural region: Malwa
Materials: Earth (Mud)
Earth craft technique: Brick masonry, Painting, Plastering
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK
Unlike the aliya built in a wall, this niche was built into a column. The top of the aliya was constructed in the form of a stepped arch. It also had a narrow ledge below, which went around the column. An earthen lamp was placed in it.