Precious Murals in the Religious Building of Pothimala, District Firozpur, Punjab, India


This paper discusses the precious murals in the religious building of Pothimala. Pothimala Building is situated in the village Guru Har Sahai in Firozpur District of Punjab India. The study and interpretation endorse the philosophy of shared religious traditions followed and respected by the people of Punjab. The foundation of this building was laid by Guru Jivan Mal (7th direct descendent of Guru Ram Das, the 4th Sikh Guru) in 1745. The Pothimala building derives its name from the fact that Guru Nanak Dev’s personal Pothi (handwritten scripture) and Mala (rosary) is housed in this religious building. The murals in Pothimala fall in the category of Fresco since the paintings have been executed upon freshly laid wet lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the dry-powder pigment to merge with the plaster, and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall. The frescoes can be divided into the three categories of Hindu, Sikh and Folk Tales. The Hindu frescoes are further divided into the themes of Ramayana, Bhagwat Gita and Mahabharat. The Sikh frescoes are mainly on the themes of Gurus. The folk themes of frescoes are “Heer- Ranjha” and “Soni-Mahiwal”. The study and analysis of frescoes dovetails well with the existing history available in three formats (written, oral transmission from generation to generation and visual flux) and prevalent cultures in the state of the Punjab.

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Srishti Pandey Sharma, Jamia Millia Islamia, India

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Conference: ECAH2022
Stream: Arts - Visual Arts Practices

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Sharma S. (2022) Precious Murals in the Religious Building of Pothimala, District Firozpur, Punjab, India ISSN: 2188-1111 – The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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