The Chamba thal is a traditional plate and is a significant part of the Chamba metal craft. Brass Plates are embossed with images of Gods and Goddesses.
The proess is painstaking since the plates are handmade.First, a design is superimposed on a plain brass plate, and then it is manually embossed using tiny tools, one mm at a time. Two types of Thaal are prevalent in the metal craft traditions of Chamba. -
Ganesh Thaal: As it is obvious with its name that Lord Ganesha occupies the central position in this plate. A four-handed image of Shri Ganesh is shown decorated with conch, bangles, crown, garland, etc.
Vishnu Thaal: This relatively bigger-sized plate consists of Lord Vishnu seated on the lotus as the central image and surrounded by other incarnations-Matsya, Kurma/ Kachchhap, Varah, Narsingh, Vamana, Parshuram, Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, and the Kalki. Besides these, artists have also started preparing varieties of Thaal in different shapes
like rectangular, square, hexagonal, etc.
Chamba Thaal 004