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The temple of Gobind Deo at Brindaban

The temple of Gobind Deo at Brindaban

Artist: Sita Ram (fl. c.1810-1822)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4836

Item number: 4836

Length: 40.4

Width: 71.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of Gobind Deo temple at Brindaban from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Tughlikabad to Secundra Vol. VIII' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. Marquess of Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal and the Commander-in-Chief (r.1813-23), was accompanied by artist Sita Ram (flourished c.1810-22) to illustrate his journey from Calcutta to Delhi between 1814-15.

Idealised view of the remains of the temple of Govindadeva at Brindaban. Brindaban (Vrindavan) on the banks of the river Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh. Vrindavan is closely linked to the legend of Krishna and a pilgrimage site for Hindus, like Mathura located a few kilometres away. It was in the forests of Vrindavan that the youthful cowherd Krishna sported with milkmaids. It has several bathing ghats (stepped embankments) leading down to the river and overlooked by temples. The Govindadeva temple, devoted to Krishna, was constructed in 1590 by Raja Man Singh of Amber. From the original temple complex consisting of a mandapa or columned hallway and the towered sanctuary, only the mandapa remains. Inscribed below: 'Rag man Singh's Mundel at Bindrabund.'

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