One distinct feature in. some of the temples of Himachal Pradesh
that has to be noticed is the wall paintings which have been decaying through
neglect. In the recent decades there has been some study into the wall paintings by a
number of scholars although they were noticed earlier by archaeologists and historians*.
Dr. Miss Mira Seth's laborious research in "Wall Paintings of the Western
Himalayas" is an excellent study on the subject. The wall paintings though not very
old (17th to 19th Century) give us a good idea of the religious sense which found an
expression in them.
Wall paintings are to be seen in the
temples of the districts of Kangra, particularly, and in Kulu, Chamba, Mandi, Mahasu, and
*Coomaraswamy, A.K.,Mughal painting
(Catalogue of the Indian Collections in the Museum of Fine Art,Boston).
Anand, MuIk Raj, Persian Paintings.
Archer, W.G.Indian paintin in the Punjab
Hills, Indian Minaitures, Kangra Paintings.
Brown, Percy, Indian Painting, Oxford
Goetz Hermann, The Early Wooden Temples of
Several district gazetters of Himacahl Pradesh.
Randhawa, M.A.-Kangra valley Paintins, Krishna Legends n
Pagadi Painting, Kangra painting of geeta Gobinda, some Nurpur Paintings, articles in
several art Magazines.
(See Bibliography in wall Paintings of the Western
Himalayas by Dr.Mira Seth (publications division, India,1976).
Author - P.C. Roy Choudhoury