To visit the temple town of Nathdwara in Rajasthan is to be engulfed in a sea of devotion. In this town, 50 km from Udaipur, Lord Krishna is everywhere – wherever you look, you see images of the Lord. The most popular representation of Krishna, though, is on Pichhwais, paintings of Krishna on cloth, and these are found in the temples of the Pushtimarg sect.
Pichhwais originated in Nathdwara and are traditionally used as the backdrop of the Krishna idol in the sanctum sanctorum of the Pushtimarg temples. The term is, in fact is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘pich’, which means ‘back’ and ‘wai’, which means ‘hanging’.
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