Woodcraft is the primitive art of Kullu. The exquisite temples
rural houses and castles
display highly perfect carved images of gods and goddesses, episodes
from epics and local flora- fauna. The craft thrives in two forms:
the first one is highly classical, and the second one is the rural
tradition of aborigines. Woodcraft is an antique art, traditionally
The woodcarvings in temples have excellent classical perfection.
Manali and Prashar are full of beautiful temples carved out of
wood. The eminent German scholar Hermann Goetz has described these
temples in his book on the early temples of Chamba, as outstandingly
stunning works of fine art.
village a pillar portrays a typical carving of human figures in
the act of lovemaking. Tripura Sundri Temple at Naggar
Hadimba Temple at Manali
Prashar Rishi Temple at Kamand and Adi Brahma Temple at Khokhan
are some fine examples of woodcarvings. They portray episodes
from the epics and images of various Indian gods as Ganesha, Shiva,
Vishnu, Narsingha, and others.
Old houses, especially of the prosperous ones display intricate
wooden carvings at the entrance, edges of the roofs, rooftops,
verandahs and pillars. These are found in evidence throughout
Kullu Valley. Often the doorway has a carved statue of Lord Ganesha
adorning it, flanked on either side by animal and bird figures.
Carvings upon the pillars usually depict flowering vines, kings
setting out on expeditions and families deities.
The rural traditional craft of woodcarving is of less technical
perfection but alive with the rural spirit. It primarily depicts
local flora and fauna. People decorate their exteriors and interiors
mainly with these carvings.
These days, carvings are also done for interior decoration of
the houses. The contemporary woodcraft exhibits the sophistication
of the old carvings. The mesmerizing articles of woodcraft are
made on both tender and legendary basis.
Besides carvings, some other forms of woodcraft are also thriving
in the valley. The carpenters produce good quality furniture.
They make all kinds of chairs, tables, couches etc. The main furniture
shops are in Kullu town and Mohal.