This aala was built at a very low height from the floor in the living room of a residence. A plate containing thread, rice, turmeric and water was kept after the daughter-in-law of the family performed the kuan poojan, which is a ritual performed by a mother after giving birth. The source of drinking water and the water itself is worshipped as part of this ritual.


  • Title: Aala (Wall niche)
  • Location: Mahoti, 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, Wood
  • Region: Khadar
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick Masonry, Painting

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