Panchatheertha Adi Parasakthi Devasthanam
Anchukuzhi, Erumeli, Kerala, India

Kerala temple mural paintings - Mural paintings are generally done on freshl or wet lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the dry-powder pigment to merge with the plaster, and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall depicting Hindu gods and legends, which are drawn on the walls of temples in South India. Ancient temples and palaces in Kerala,  display an abounding tradition of mural paintings mostly dating back between the 9th to 12th centuries CE when this form of art enjoyed Royal patronage.

The scriptural basis of these paintings can be found in the Sanskrit texts, Chithrasoothram by Vishnudharmottara of the sixth century, Tantrasamuchaya, the fifteenth century text authored by Narayanan, Abhilashitartha Chintamani of the twelfth century and Silparatna by Sreekumaran of the sixteenth century. Iconography of the mythological character in murals are based on the Dhyanaslokas.

The masterpieces of Kerala mural art include: the Shiva Temple in Ettumanoor, the Ramayana murals of Mattancherry Palace and Vadakkumnatha kshetram. The "Gajendra Moksham" mural painting in the Krishnapuram Palace near Kayamkulam, the Anantha Shayanam mural painting in the Pallikurup Mahavishnu Temple at Mannarkkad and the mural paintings in the sanctum of Padmanabhaswamy Temple at Thiruvananthapuram are very famous. 

Sree Alex Varghese, has authored the divine picture of Ayyappan Miladan, hails from Melur near Chalakkudy in Trichur District. On completion of higher secondary education, Alex underwent 4-year BFA degree course in mural painting in Sree SankaraSanskrit University, Kaladi.

Alex has developed a keen interest in 
traditional mural painting of KeralaSince then, he has drawn a large number of mural paintings. Alex has also drawn attractive and diverse mural paintings on Lords Ganesha, Krishna with Gopikascrowning of Sri RamaVettakkoru Makan,  Goddess Saraswathi etc.  Alex can be reached on mobile @9746395122.

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