CONTENTS:- Introduction; The Dehra of the founder Saint (The Central Shrine, The Non-figural Art, A Gallery of Rich Design); Wall Paintings of Bhai Bahlo Darwaza (The Baradari Gate, the Oldest figural Murals, Two Panels of the Sikh Gurus, Portraits of the Sikh Gurus); Matas' Samadhis (Cenotaphs); The Mahant's Residence - I (The Ground floor, General Plan of the Murals, Janam Sakhi Murals, Thematic Note on the Janam Sakhi Paintings, Mythological Wall Paintings, Ornamental Designs); The Mahant's Residence -2 (The Ground, Thematic Grouping of the Murals); The Jhanda Gate Murals (The Jhanda Gate : Its Significance, Thematic and Stylistic Appraisal, Wall Paintings of the Room Atop Jhanda Gate); The Painters and their Technique (Anonymity of Artists, Tulsi - The Master Painter, Other Artists, Technique of the Mural).
The present volume is a pioneering effort in bringing to limelight those rare but splendid specimens of the Garhwal wall painting, which have so far remained unknown and obscure to the world of art. These paintings are executed on the walls of the main shrine and other edifices of the Gurudwara of Guru Ram Rai at Dehradun. Author has very painstakingly studied the aesthetic and technical aspects of these murals to discover and establish an independent school of wall painting in Garhwal. That school flourished for 300 years and produced finest wall painting in the Gurudwara. The present study reveals another, and perhaps the latest, efflorescence of the mural tradition in the Himalayan region.