The Kavadia Bhatt travelled to villages with the shrine and brought god to people in form of oral stories. The story ends with prayers or folk songs. When all the shutters of the kaawad are opened out, it reveals idols or paintings of the main protagonists of the story being narrated.


  • Title: Kaawad (Shrine)
  • Location: Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
  • Type: Vastu (Object)
  • 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: Metal (Iron), Wood
  • Wood Craft Technique: Joinery, Painting
  • Region: Marwar
  • Metal Craft Technique: Fittings

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