29 imagesMandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is situated 190 km off Jaipur in the north and is part of Shekhawati region. This town has been referred to as the "open art gallery" of Rajasthan because the entire Shekhawati region is dotted with fascinating mansions (havelis) that have lavishly painted walls. Most of the buildings of the Shekhawati region were constructed between the 18th century and the early 20th century. During the British occupation, traders adapted this style for their buildings. The havelis are noted for their frescos depicting theological and historical themes. The frescos include images of gods, goddesses, animals, and the life of the lords Rama and Krishna, profusely painted on the havelis in this region. Interesting detail is that most of the artists, that painted frescos in the region, had never been in Europe and depicted European motives copying them from newspapers and magazines that were available for them and according to their understanding of European realities and life of that time.