Jal Sanjhi


How would you feel if you are the only person in India with the talent that is praised by the most?

How would you feel when people in other countries talk about your inventive source?

Those who know, admire it and those who witness, amaze it.

Yes I am talking about the art ‘Sanjhi’. Sanjhi means the Sandhya Devi i.e. the goddess of evening. And it is made by using various items like pulses, flowers, cowdug, fruits. This amazing art is also made on floor, walls, but the most difficult and appealing is on water.

The sanjhi on water is commonly known as Jal Sanjhi which is made on the floating water surface.

It is believed that it was started in 15th century in Vrindavan; by goddess Radha to enchant the great lord Krishna.

It almost takes 5-7 hours to make a single stunning Jal Sanjhi art painting. But the melancholy is, it can stay only for 24 hours. After that the Rangoli i.e. color powder starts sinking in the water. The Jal Sanjhi is made on the flat surface holder/ vessel which contains water in it. The whole holder is divided into two parts. The first part is to make the painting and the other 1/10 part to create the ripple effect in the painting.

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It is said that the techniques used in making impressive paintings are secret. But I can reveal some to you.

The water is boiled enough to ensure that it’s pure. Also, it creates the better surface for the art, then a white power is spread to make an even surface to paint. The white powder contains zinc and soapstone. And then the black coal power is sprinkled to set the canvas ready for the amazing paintings from the memories of astounding Indian mythology.

The paintings are made with stencils which are made by the artist through hands which itself is an art. The stencils are made for the small object to the large in proportion to water canvas. And then comes the magic of colors which are sprinkled on each stencil it to create the starling art.

But these paintings are made only on some special religious occasions but you can surely see them once in year for great five days in the shraddpaksh month of Hindu calendar from ekadashi to amavasya.

But if you are so keen to watch and learn it then you can plan a trip to Udaipur to attend the workshop at minimal prices.

The workshop is conducted in Jagdish temple which lasts for 1.5 to 2 hours. Because you never know when you become the next person in the history of Jal Sanjhi.

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Karuna Lala

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