f.17 'Mahatin Dey. Ensign J.T. Blunt, Bengal Engineers fecit. Vide Asiatic Annual Register. A.D. 1800. Miscellaneous Tracts, p.128' (espy. p.154). Rocky landscape.
Artist: Blunt, James Tillyer (1765-1834)
Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink
Water-colour drawing of 'Mahatin Dey' 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)
After a difficult, steep ascent and the passage of a violent thunderstorm Blunt’s party reached Mahtin on March 6th and encamped on the east bank of the River Taty. Blunt wrote: “One mile north of this place is a very picturesque mountain, called by the Cowheirs Mahtin Dey. With my glass I discovered a flag on its summit, which, as I was informed denoted the residence of the Hindu goddess Bhavani. This day was the festival of the Hooly, and the mountaineers were observing it by singing and dancing in a very rude manner, to the sound of an instrument made of a skin stretched over an earthen pot which was beaten with a stick.”