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Mural Paintings from Jammu: Sui and Burj Temples

Mural painting

Jammu is known as the city of ancient temples. One such class of temples, located in the Marh Block, is famous for its intricate mural paintings. These 19th century narrative paintings portray the epics, Puranas, Krishna Leela and so on. Their range of subjects varies from war scenes to palatial scenes, recording the minutest of details, including the type of utensils used, prevailing architectural designs and the garments in vogue. These depictions are a mirror to 19th century Jammu society. Although, the wall sized paintings are fairly well preserved they are subjected to frequent vandalism since the temples are living monuments. This module documents these temple structures and wall paintings, which despite their importance are still in obscurity.