Study on the Prabhavalaya: Aureole of Gods and Goddesses

Prasanna E. Khamitkar[1]

 Volume 6, Number 2, 2016 I Full Text PDF

Article DOI:  10.21659/chitro.v6n2.05

Received on July 8, 2016.
Accepted on July 26, 2016.
Published on August 4, 2016.


Most stand-alone Hindu sculptures of the murtis are supported with a prabhavalaya behind which means a “Luminous circle, an Aureole or a Nimbus ” that is the ornate arch, made of stone, wood or metal that stands just behind and above deity images in temples. To analyze the various images of prabhavalaya the author refers to the content extracted from various resources, sculptures of various temples and the most remarkable sculptures from some museums.  The author will try to make an effort to classify the visual understanding of the prabhavalayas found in various parts of India that forms as a screen to enhance the importance of various god and goddesses.

Key Words: iconography, principle deity, motif, evolution, background, symmetry

[1] Prasanna E. Khamitkar is working as an Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Institute of Design. He is graduated in Applied Arts and has his Masters in Indology. The author specializes in painting Indian Miniatures. Being a performing artist his artistic and spiritual understanding about the iconography of the deities in Hindu Pantheon has served several scholarly interpretations. Email: