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The Visrant ghaut on the river Jumna at Mathura

The Visrant ghaut on the river Jumna at Mathura

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1815

Shelfmark: Add.Or.4846

Item number: 4846

Length: 30.1

Width: 52.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of the Vishram ghat 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 Vishram ghat on the river Jumna at Mathura. Mathura, on the banks of the river Jumna 150 kms south of Delhi, is a sacred city for Hindus. Mathura became a centre for the Vaishnava cult by the 15th century and it is celebrated now above all as the site which Hindu mythology designates as the birthplace of Krishna, the popular incarnation of Vishnu. As an important pilgrimage site there are hundreds of temples here. The Vishram Ghat is the most important of the ghats of Mathura. Legend states that Krishna rested at this ghat after killing the demon Kamsa (hence the name Vishram which means 'repose'). Inscribed below: 'Bissaram Ghaut at Muttra.'

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