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The Madan Mohan temple at Brindaban

The Madan Mohan temple at Brindaban

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

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4838

Item number: 4838

Length: 35

Width: 50.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Madan Mohan 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.

Illustration of the Madan Mohan temple at Brindaban, set in a grove. 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 Madan Mohan temple dates from the 16th century. The octoganal tower, which extends more than 20 metres is similar to the tower of the nearby Jagat Kishore temple. Though the inscription titles this illustration as the 'Govind Takoor,' this view is of the Madan Mohan temple. Inscribed below: 'Mundle of Govind Takoor at Bndrabund.'

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