"Pichwais" are intricate paintings dedicated to Shrinathji and are typically hung behind the idol of the deity in local shrines.

The meaning of "Pichhwai"

from the Sanskrit words "Pichh" means back and "wais" means hanging, are large devotional Hindu painted pictures, normally on cloth, which portray Krishna.

They are mainly made to hang in Hindu temples of the Pushtimarg devotional tradition, especially the Shrinathji Temple in Nathdwara, Rajasthan, built around 1672.

They are hung behind the idol of Shrinathji, a local form of Krishna and the centre of Pushtimarg worship, to depict his leelas. Aurangabad was another area associated with them.

Ā Temples have sets with different images, which are changed according to the calendar of festivals celebrating the deity.

"Pichhwai" painting covers these and similar works in other genres, especially Indian miniature paintings.

Creating a pichwai can take several months, and requires immense skill, as the smallest details need to be painted with precision.

Lord Krishna is often depicted as Shrinathji in Pichwais, which is the deity manifest as a seven-year-old child. Other common subjects found in pichwaiĀ paintings are Radha, gopis, cows and lotuses.

Over time, pichwais also found aĀ place in theĀ homes ofĀ art connoisseurs, owing to their visual appeal. Like several otherĀ traditionalĀ Indian art forms.