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.


  • Title: Aliya (Wall niche)
  • Location: Panjola, Rupnagar, Punjab
  • Type: Manjush (Storage)
  • Contributor: Rishav Jain, Mansi S Rao, Ben Cartwright and Abhishek Ruikar
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Earth (Mud)
  • Region: Malwa
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick masonry, Plastering, Painting

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