Jan 062015

Delhi Street Art: Agrasen Ki Baoli

While we were walking towards the Agrasen Ki Baoli just before the entrance to the famed step well of Delhi we found some excellent Street Art on the wall opposite to the Baoli or Step Well. I am not sure who the artists/s are but with this blog post let me salute the street artists of Delhi who are doing their bit to revive the city center in Connaught Place.

At this stage it will be good if you check my earlier post about Delhi Street  Art in Shankar Market, Connaught Place before going further.

As somebody who always looks for Ganesha my eyes first met this colorful Ganesha with his Golden Crown, but looking directly at me. But on closer inspection I was even more impressed with the little mushak ( mouse) offering a modak or laddu to Ganesha, also note the left hand of Ganesha with a eye in the palm a very unique way to depict Ganesha is son of Shiva and has 3 eyes. BTW there are more rats in the picture than I have mentioned can you count them ?

Street Art Ganesha Agrasen Ki Baoli

Mythology in Street Art: Agrasen Ki Baoli

The Ganesha rests on what appears to be waves as some of the paint got peeled over time, and these waves are emerging from the head of a 3 eyed fearsome guy called Kirtimukha seen on new homes in India, to ward off evil eye. If you know how to read Devnagri script you can read hidden within the face “ Buri Nazar Wale Tera Mooh Kala “ or evil eye guy your face is black ( Yes we are racist and are in sync with western  civilization here, where dark is considered evil and all is fair in Love and War )

Ganesha Street Art Agrasen Ki Baoli Delhi

Ganesha: I find him everywhere 🙂

There is another painting next to Ganesha that was hidden behind an auto rickshaw driver sleeping in his auto. May be next time I will get a better picture.

Delhi Street Art: Agrasen Ki Baoli

Auto-rickshaw driver was sleeping

While walking back towards the Barakhamba Road, I also found these tiles on boundary wall of one of the last surviving independent houses in Connaught Place area. I could see Lakshmi, Hanuman, and our friend Kirtimukha, only in this case scaring away potential pisser byes ( that would be every single male with urinary tract intact in India ). This is a common practice in India to paint Hindu Gods and various other religious symbols like Cross, etc to prevent people to piss and spit on the walls.

Gods and Goddesses Tiles

Gods and Godesses : Is t his the only way to Swacch Bharat ?

Kirtimukha on a wall

Kirtimukha :Normally you find him on new Homes in India

Other common practice to induce bladder control in Indian males  is to write : Gadhe Ke Poot Yahan Mat Moot ( गधे के पूत यहां मत मूत — Son of a Jackass don’t piss here), but in my experience Gods’ are more effective in stopping guys to piss than reminding them about their illustrious  ancestry. May be you should check my post about  Travel and Toilets in India.

What do you say? What is your experience about Street Art?

To know more about this street art click on the post about Agrasen Ki Baoli

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  6 Responses to “Delhi Street Art Near Agrasen Ki Baoli”

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  1. Beautiful! I had never seen any of these in Delhi, I didn’t realise there was so much. Kathmandu has some amazing street art, some of which is similar to some of these paintings, particularly the gods and goddesses.

  2. Cool street art.
    I almost missed the mouse on the laddoos.
    I actually like the picture of the rickshaw in the foreground of that artwork. Makes that a very Desi frame. 🙂

    And for the pics of gods and goddess on public walls in order to keep our roadsides clean is a pretty smart idea.

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