Paintings of Himachal Pradesh

  • The monasteries of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti and other areas have an amazing collection of religious manuscripts, sculptures and paintings known as thankas. Thankas is the name given to the paintings on cloth and is believed to ward off the "evil eye", maleficent influences and prevent diseases and mental depression.

  • The thankas were brought to these districts by the Buddhist missionaries from the Indian plain, Kashmir, Tibet and other neighboring countries. These paintings are a regular feature of any monastery and are found in abundance in the Ki-monastery of Spiti. In other representations, these deities dominate the composition and are shown as choir in their own paradise. The material used for painting thankas is usually coarse, woolen cotton, silk, however, is preferred for important subjects. The Roerich gallery houses a collection of embroidery and folk art. The copies of Roerich's paintings are available here. The Dhungri Temple of Manali is enriched with the gift of paintings. Dhankar gompa of Kaza has some interesting frescoes. The Tabo gompa has some of the best preserved Indo-Tibetan frescoes in the world. Excellent frescoes are found in Khardong gompa.

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