Radha Krishna temple is located at Dada Siba Village, around
76 kms from Kangra town, in Himachal Pradesh. The village has an exquisitely
painted temple dedicated to Radha – Krishna. Around 20 km from Pragpur on the
road leading to Dharamshala lies the nondescript village of Dada Siba.
Construction of the temple was started by Raja Gobind Singh
in 1835 CE but completed by his son Raja Ram Singh in 1853 CE.
It is said that the best craftsmen were employed and the finest
Nanakshahi bricks used in the construction of the Dada Siba temple. The stone
of the temple came from Jodhpur while the murti of Radha Krishna came from
The biggest attraction of this temple is the stunning
frescoes on its walls. The style of painting is typical of the Kangra region in
its use of brilliant yellow, red, green, blue, orange, black and white colors.
The themes of the paintings range from figures of Hindu gods and goddesses to
floral and geometrical patterns. However, legends associated with the life of
Krishna are the main theme. The outer walls of the shikharas exhibit traces of
paint which prove they were painted originally.
The arched ceiling and walls of the entrance hall and two
small chambers flanking the sanctum are covered with paintings, while the
temple sanctum itself has marble walls and paintings cover only the ceiling. The
figures of deities carved in marble wall have been painted yellow.
p class=”MsoNormal”>The village of Dada Siba was part of the princely state of
Dada Siba, which came to power in the mid 15th century CE as an
offshoot of the Katoch dynasty.