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I am collecting Indian Heritage and culture related vintage postcards, paintings, prints etc. and exhibited them at several locations across India in various events and also sharing them with school and college children by giving presentations to them on Indian Heritage and Culture with my collections and also documenting puppetry etc. intangible performances.

Saturday 9 March 2013

Kerala Mural Paintings (కేరళ మ్యూరల్ పెయింటింగ్స్)

Kerala mural paintings are the frescoes depicting mythology and legends, which are drawn on the walls of temples and churches in South India, principally in Kerala. Ancient temples, churches and palaces in Kerala, South India, 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 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 and the mural paintings in the sanctom of Padmanabha temple at  Thiruvananthapuram are very famous.

కేరళ మ్యూరల్ పెయింటింగ్స్ అనేది భారత దేశములో గల వివిధ రకముల చిత్ర రూపములలో ఒక రకమైనది. ఈ పెయింటింగ్ లని దక్షిణ భారత దేశంలోని దేవాలయముల యొక్క గోడల మీద మరియు పై కప్పులమీద ఎక్కువగా చెక్కుతారు. ఈ కేరళ మ్యూరల్ పెయింటింగ్ లది ఒక ప్రత్యేకమైన చిత్ర శైలి. గురువాయూరు లోని కృష్ణుని దేవలయములో మరియు కేరళలోని అనేక ఇతర దేవలయములలో ఈ మ్యూరల్ పెయింటింగ్ లు మనకు కనబడతాయి.  చరిత్ర ప్రకారము ఈ చిత్ర ప్రక్రియ 9 వ శతాబ్ధము నుంచి 12 వ శతాభ్ధము మధ్య కాలములో మొదలు అయింది. ఆ కాలములో రాజుల యొక్క ప్రోత్సాహముతో ఈ చిత్రా కళ ఎంతో ప్రాచుర్యముని పొందింది. ఎట్టమన్నూరు లోని శివాలయములోను, మట్టన్ చెర్రి పేలస్ లోని రామాయణ మ్యూరల్స్, కృష్ణపురం పేలస్ లోని గజేంద్రమోక్షం మ్యూరల్ చిత్రిము, గురువాయూర్ లోని కృష్ణుని దేవాలయములోను, తిరువనంతపురం లోని అనంత పద్మనాభ స్వామి దేవాలయములోను ఇలా కేరళ లో వివిధ ప్రాంతములలో ఉన్న మ్యూరల్ పైంటింగ్స్ కొన్ని ప్రముఖమైన ఉదాహరణలు.

The murals of Thirunadhikkara Cave Temple (now ceded to Tamil Nadu) and Tiruvanchikulam are considered the oldest relics of  of Kerala’s own style of murals. Fine mural paintings are depicted in temples at Trikodithanam, Ettumanur, Vaikom, Pundarikapuram, Udayanapuram, Triprangode, Guvuvayoor, Kumaranallor, Aymanam,  the Vadakkunathan  temple in Trichur, the Thodeekalam  temple in Kannur and the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple at Thiruvananthapuram. Other mural sites are in the churches at Edappally, Vechur, Cheppad and Mulanthuruthy, and at palaces such as the Krishnapuram Palace near Kayamkulam and the Padmanabhapuram Palace.
The traditional style mural art form, using natural pigments and vegetable colours, is being revived by a new genre of artists actively involved in researching and teaching mural art at the Sree Sankara Sanskrit College in Kalady and also at a mural art school associated with the Guruvayoor temple. 

The above text courtesy on Kerala Mural Paintings from the Wikipedia.org website  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerala_mural_painting

Recently i got some Kerala Mural Paintings images from Mrs.Lakshmi Subramanian madam of 64arts.in website http://www.64arts.in/. 

Lakshmi Subramanian madam thank you very much for your valuable encouragement to me for sending images of some of the Kerala Mural paintings for sharing them in my Heritage of India blog. 
Below are some of the Frescoes or Wall paintings found in the Temples of Thrissur, Guruwayur and Anantha Padmanabhan of Trivandrum sent by Lakshmi Subramanian madam to me. Lakshmi Subramanian madam thank you very much for your valuable encouragement to me. 

This is Kalyanam kerala mural painting. 

This is Krishna in Vrindavan kerala mural painting.

This is Krishna and Radha kerala mural painting.

This is Krishna and the gopis kerala mural painting. 

This is Krishna playing the flute kerala mural painting. 

This is Goddess Lalitha Maatha kerala mural painting. 

This is Mangagalam kerala mural painting. 

This is Lord Narasimha Swamy kerala mural painting. 

This is Narayana and others kerala mural painting. 

This is Narayana kerala mural painting. 


  1. very informative article on kerala mural.
    Thanks for visiting my blog

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog and a big thank you for introducing me to your blog. It's a treasure. Wonderful initiative to preserve and flourish our culture. I would love to go through all the articles you have posted. Happy blogging and keep on posting treasures.

  3. A very in depth description. Looking forward to see more informative posts.


  4. Very informative message on Kerala Mural Paintings. Great work and nice blog. Keep it up.


  5. wonderfull collection of factsl on Kerala Mural Painting.

  6. I want to see many more Indian Heritage and Culture related posts in your blog.

  7. Wonderful Mural Paintings... Great collection

  8. excellent mural works wish to see more

  9. Kerala mural paintings are another remarkable Indian artifacts which are emphasized and bought to Google and face book viewers. Hats off Mr. Srinivas. MANTHA V SHARMA.

  10. Very nice paintings of Mural, and you beautifully and deeply described them.....and i really appreciate your passion of collecting these types of things...

  11. In our India, especially for the Kerala Culture is very traditional and paricularliy Kerala mural paintings are very beautiful and collecting these paintings are very excellent

  12. Thank you for putting up these images and sharing other invaluable information.

  13. Thank you for putting up these images and sharing other invaluable information.

  14. Beautiful pictures of Kerala Mural paintings with very useful information. Thanks of sharing.

  15. Lovely paintings and the history indeed !! The paintings are so clearly presented. Keep up the good work :)

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  16. Nice Creativity. See all our wide range of Wall Mural Designs which will Enhance The Beauty Of Your Home or Office, also have large choice of Painting prints from world promising fine art painters.

  17. In india we had wall painting done by etching red oxide plastered on line. Any one has an idea on it. this was found in temples of Goa and North Karnataka.
    Due to renovation we dont find any wall murals.

  18. There are some good books available on kerala mural paintings that are found in temples.

    1. Wall paintings in northern kerala/india - Frenz and K.k marar
    2. Painted abode of the gods - mural traditions of kerala - A ramachandran.
    3. Kerala mural paintings - sashibooshan (book in malayalam).

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