Sanjhi art, a traditional art of stenciling from Mathura, Krishna’s hometown which is known for its inherent spiritual implications that reach beyond immediate aesthetic appeal. It is considered to be one of the finest arts of spiritual expression.
The art grew in the 16th and 17th centuries, when the walls and floors of temples were decorated with Sanjhi motifs. The art depicts Indian mythological stories in numerous forms, with predominant focus on Krishna’s Leela.
Sanjhi has been popular ever since, and during the Mughal period, contemporary themes were introduced for greater perspective. Today, Sanjhi art is found in many homes and spaces.