Woodworks are always known for its unique charm, and they are among the commonly made handicrafts in our country. There are numerous varieties and range of handicrafts that are made using wood, which looks quite attractive and charming as invaluable artefacts. The practice of carving wall panels is practiced in many parts of the state. Apart from carving idols and mythological forms, the craftsmen create highly attractive wall panels that add an extra element of aesthetic delight to the walls. These are in great demand for their utility and decorative value.
Wall panel carvings are used to create idols of gods, goddesses, birds, animals etc. Red Sander with its distinctive reddish-brown appeal is also used in creating fine wooden panels and columns. There are many intricate wall panel carvings which are created using simple and locally made traditional tools in Andhra Pradesh. Mythology has a great impact on Hinduism and the followers of this religion. It is a matter of great skill to understand its significance and create such masterpieces, which impresses buyers. The mythological wall panel reflects the glory of skilled craftsmen who create such stunning wall panels. Some of these wall panels are created based on Shanka, Chakra, Namalu; Gaja Lakshmi and other Hindu Gods and Goddess. These are known for highly revered and spiritual aura, beautified by artistic finesse. In addition to being attractive, they are created with passion, to last a lifetime!
The process of creating wall panels is elaborate and interesting. The designs and sketch are created initially on paper, so that they can be replicated on wood. Fine details are marked with care, because it is these intricate patterns, which decide the outcome of the final product. The right wood pieces are selected, and here the experience of the craftsmen plays a major role, in choosing the ideal one for panel works. The wood is first scrapped in its outer layer till a desired shape is achieved. Further, the carving is done and some of the panels, require great effort, due to complex designs that have to be carved. The craftsmen’s efforts are clearly focused to bring a lively aura to the panels, since panels based on mythology requires extra efforts.
Seetha Rama Kalyanam is considered a significant event of divine celebration in mythology and this is represented wonderfully in the form of panels. Dashavatharam refers to the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu in Hinduism. The list of Dashavathara’s varies across regions and it includes Matsya, Kurma, Narasimha, Varaha, Vamana, Rama, Krishna, Parashurama, Buddha, and Kalki.
The wall panels are a stunning example of the exquisitely wonderful wood works, created by the craftsmen. The wood panels, inspired by mythology have earned a special place in the world of wooden handicrafts. The Seetha Rama Kalyanam Bridge Panel is a great example of the exquisitely wonderful wall panels created by these craftsmen.