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Kauhara Paintings

Kauhara Paintings, the most significant among ceremonial paintings of Himachal Pradesh, adorn the rooms of newly wed couples of the Pahari tribe. Auspicious symbols and sacred figures are painted on papers which are then pinned on the walls of the room belonging to the newly weds. These sacred paintings welcome the bride and groom into their new life.

Kauhara Paintings are done by persons belonging to a specific community, depending on the region. In Bilaspur District, these paintings are done by the barberís wife, while in Mandi District, the job is done by the cobblerís wife. The paintings are made by persons belonging to the potter community in Khangra District.

Updated on 7th June, 2005

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