Artis struts of the temples of Nepal are considered to have great artistic merits. Nepali art of the different periods reflects various aspects of the society in the different stages of its development. Originality in the form and the content on a whole shows the development of a civilization with its unique qualities. In the following lines attempts are made to take account of salient features of Nepali strong sculpture, bronze art, wood art and paintings of different ages.
Religion has played an important role for development of art of the old age, middle age and even some aspects of the modern age and even some aspects of the modern art cannot be seen in isolation from the religion. In fact religious fervor has inspired the artistic creation. Some aspects of Nepali art manifested in the making of things of religious importance are described in the blog devoted to pilgrimage. So, some points are not brought under discussion in order to avoid repetition.
Artistic struts of the temples of Nepal are considered to have great artistic merits. The struts protrude from the main body of the temple making a 45 degree angle and they have the function of supporting the structure of the roof. The roofs of Nepali temples are mostly multi tired and upper ones are proportionately smaller than the lower ones. Similarly, the struts of the upper roofs are smaller than those of the lower ones. Almost all the struts of a temple have intricately carved images. In all the four sides of the temples there are the struts with the images of extraordinary animal called Sardula.
In some temples images of an extraordinary animal with the horns of a sheep are pictured on the struts protruding on all the four sides. Other struts have the images of the deities and other things related in one way or the other with main deity kept on the sanctum. Another interesting things about them is that they, as a whole, depict three categories of things. The struts of the main places depict the principal deity of the temple; the struts of the upper part depict various scenes of the heaven and the lowest ones depict the various aspects of this phenomenal world.
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