Mandana Paintings

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A Mandana painting depicting wedding celebrations. From the Crafts Museum.

Mandana paintings are wall and floor paintings of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, India. Mandana are drawn to protect home and hearth, welcome gods into the house and as a mark of celebrations on festive occasions. Village women in the Sawai Madhopur area of Rajasthan possess skill for developing designs of perfect symmetry and accuracy. The ground is prepared with cow dung mixed with rati, a local clay, and red ochre. Lime or chalk powder is used for making the motif. Tools employed are a piece of cotton, a tuft of hair, or a rudimentary brush made out of a date stick. The design may show Ganesha, peacocks, women at work, tigers, floral motifs, etc.[1] Such paintings are also called Mandala in most of the parts of Nepal.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Kamboj, B. P. (2003). Early wall painting of Garhwal. New Delhi: Indus Publ. Co. p. 158. ISBN 8173871396.