Agra has been a hub for marble carving,Agra artisans real skills lies in carving intricate jaalis, floral and geometrical lattices. The crisp open work of the jaalis is an extension of the beautiful jaalis in monuments in and around the city. The geometric jaalis are intertwined with floral motifs. The city has a database of over 200 designs. The marble is bought from the Makrana and at the workshops, the design is stencilled on the marble surface, basic holes are drilled with a hand-held drill and shaped with files and chisels. Pure white marble is also carved into three-dimensional idols are carved without a flaw. A ceremony called pran prathishtha, invoking the god or that the idol represents to infused life. is performed before the idol is installed.