Havelis at Shekhawati built by rich
merchants of the region, display a unique architectural
style that evolved around the courtyards to ensure
safety and privacy of the women folk and protection
from the heat of the long and harsh summers.
The havelis, painted predominantly in blue, maroon,
yellow green and indigo have beautiful wall paintings
that adorn their walls.
The earlier wall paintings (1830 AD -1900 AD) were
largely based on the mythological themes, depicting
local legends, animals, portraits, hunting and wrestling
scenes and a glimpse of everyday life.
The turn of the 19th century saw the appearance of
new motifs, an outcome of the Raj's influence upon
the Indian culture. Now, cars replaced elephants and
traditional Indian miniatures mingled with naturalism
of western paintings to produce interesting hybrid
results. The mythological themes depicting gods, heroes,
epics and legends were substituted by European oleographs,
lithographs and photographs.
Trains, cars, balloons, telephones, gramophones, English
men in hunting attires and portraits of the haveli
owners primely dressed, were painted all over the
walls - thus making the havelis interesting for both
Indian and foreign travellers.