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.


  • Title: Aala (Wall niche)
  • Location: Dehra, Panipat, Haryana
  • Type: Manjush (Storage)
  • Contributor: Mansi S Rao, Rishav Jain, Ben Cartwright and Radha Devpura
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Earth, Lime, Stone
  • Stone Craft Technique: Dressing
  • Region: Khadar
  • Lime Craft Technique: Plastering
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick Masonry, Mud relief work

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