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Stone Carving

On your trip to Madhya Pradesh, you can have an enjoyable time shopping for various handicrafts. Even if you are not a shopaholic, the beautiful Crafts of Madhya Pradesh would surely mesmerize you. Amongst the various crafts of the state, an area which stands apart is that of Stone Carving.

The stone carving tradition of India is possibly one of the richest in the world. The same is reflected in the Stone Carving of Madhya Pradesh, India. The celebrated rock cut temples of Vidisha, the stone sculptures of the temples of Khajuraho, the monuments of Gwalior and Orchha - all stand testimony to the originality and brilliance of the stone carvers of Madhya Pradesh.

Stone Sculpture of Madhya Pradesh, India varies from place to place. In fact, each region of the state has a distinct style. Gwalior specializes in jalli (lattice) work. Tikamgarh and Jabalpur are famous for decorative items such as human figures and statues of animals. The soft marble rocks surrounding Bhedaghat, close to Jabalpur, are quite flexible in nature and considered the ideal raw material for making decorative objects like various figurines, boxes and carved panels.

Tribals of this state also take active interest in stone carving and make certain household items like the silbatta (a flat stone surface meant for grinding purposes), mortar and pestle, handi (vessel for cooking vegetables and rice), chakla (a platform for rolling chapattis) and chakki. Most of these items are lightly carved with designs. Chakkis, especially, occupy a significant position in Indian households as they are believed to ward off evil spirits.

So, without any more delay, come to Madhya Pradesh and see these stone carvings from close quarters.


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