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Priests conducting worship inside the Baijnath temple, Deogarh

Priests conducting worship inside the Baijnath temple, Deogarh

Artist: Shiva Lal (c.1820-80)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Add.Or.3999

Item number: 3999

Length: 21

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour drawing depicting Vaishnava and Shaivite priests conducting worship inside the Baijnath (Vaidyanath) temple at Deogarh, Bihar by Siva Lal (c.1820-80) working in the Patna style, part of the Archer Collection, c. 1870. Inscribed on front in nagari characters: 'baijnathji.'

The Vaidyanath temple is one of the 12 Jyortirlingas of India and is a temple dedicated to Shiva, located at Deogarh in the Santal Parganas region of Bihar. The temple is situated in a spacious courtyard that is surrounded by stone walls. There are 22 other temples within the same complex. The Baijnath or Vaidyanath temple faces east and its history is surrounded in myth as it is believed that Vishnu conned Ravana into placing the Jyortirlinga in this spot instead of carrying it to Lanka, where its presence would make Ravana invincible.

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