Most of the temples, using of wood doesn’t hold much importance than the artistic touch it possesses. The intricate and artistic carvings in the pillars, brackets, struts, beam frames of the peristyles, window and door frames with the Hindu deities and religious motifs prove this statement. This handmade Asthamangala Fish has unique designs of wood carvings that help to show the culture and tradition of a country.
But nowadays, woodcraft not only just limited to the beams of temples and palaces. The artisans carve the figure of Buddha, the elements of Buddhism, windows, doors, statues of different Hindu gods and goddesses, tables, artistic clocks and the articles of day to day use. There are three types of craftsmen in the Nepali woodcraft tradition. However, The Designers, The Woodcarvers, Traditionally from the Silpakar family and the carpenters, commonly called sikarmi. But the tradition has also slowly changed as different castes are coming ahead to perform this work.
The designer and woodcarver are often the same people. The wood carving organization, so far, kept as a family business, the ideas transferred to sons from the father. The work of woodcarvers is terming as broad specialization. It belongs to the knowledge concerning iconography and the religious significance of decoration.
This symbol composes of two fishes. This symbol usually look vertically, parallel or slightly crossed, and heads down and turned towards each other. During the second or third century A.D., they were kept on clay vessels as symbols of good fortune, eventually discovering their way into the traditions of Jainism and Buddhism. In Tibet, they became absorbed as one of the Ashtamangala.