f.9 'Badrachill. Ensign J.T. Blunt fecit. Vide Asiatic Annual Register. A.D. 1800. Misc. Tracts, p.128.' (esp. p.190) Temple on river bank.
Artist: Blunt, James Tillyer (1765-1834)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Water-colour drawing of Badrachill by James Tillyer Blunt (1765-1834). Blunt served with the Bengal Engineers from 1783 to 1810. From January to May 1795 he surveyed a route from Chunargarh in Uttar Pradesh to Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. An account of this journey was printed in the 'Asiatic Annual Register, 1800’ (‘Narrative of a route from Chunargur to Rajamundry in the Ellore Sircar’ by J. Blunt Ensign Engineer, 1800, Miscellaneous Tracts, pp.128-62, 200, London, 1801)
Blunt wrote of this scene: “The pagoda at Badrachill is sacred to Ceta the consort of Rama, and the worship of the goddess is in high estimation at this place. At certain periods the pilgrims come in crowds to pay their adorations there. The temple is situated on a small hill, and is about forty feet high, but of a mean appearance; though, as I was informed, the Raja of Poloonshah had lately presented a golden moorut or image to it.”