In Shekhawati, the groom nails a toran above the entrance door of the bride’s house after the wedding. Traditional motifs are painted around the toran and the aliya using vermillion paste. A toran was placed in this aliya built into the front facade of a haveli in Mandawa.


  • Title: Aliya (Wall niche)
  • Location: Mandawa, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan
  • Type: Manjush (Storage)
  • Contributor: Mansi S Rao, Ben Cartwright and Samrudha Dixit
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Stone
  • Stone Craft Technique: Masonry, Painting
  • Region: Shekhawati

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