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Wood Carving for Temples – Kasargod, Kerala

Kasaragod District is one of the districts of the Indian state of Kerala. Kerala being rich in its culture and traditions attracts tourists from all over and is named as one of the hundred great trips of twenty first century. The products of Kasaragod wood carving can be mostly seen in temples. The doors are carved with Gods and Goddesses. The Mallam, the top part of the temple has wooden carvings that are three dimensional (Vyali protecting the place and people around the shrine). Since the woodcarvers take up works relating to temples one gets to see the works of woodcarvings on the doors, top part of the shrines and pillars installed at temples. The face on top part of the shrine is Vyali.

The design that is to be carved on wood is first sketched on a paper with a pencil or pen. The paper is cut along the sketch edges with a sharp knife. Cut out of sketch is obtained. This cut out design is placed on the wood to be carved and outlines are marked.

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