Aliya | Wall niche
Location: Umred, Bharatpur, Rajasthan
Cultural region: Mewat - Brij
Materials: Lime, Stone
Lime craft technique: Plastering
Stone craft technique: Carving, Dressing, Masonry
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK
Aliya is a wall niche built into the wall during the construction of the built spaces. Situated in the verandah beside the main entrance door, this aliya had a protruding base supported by a stone carved bracket shaped like a peacock. Wall niches like this one were used to place oil lamps which were lit during the evenings.