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The city of Benares (U.P.) from Amrit Rao's Ghat to the Munshi Ghat. 22 November 1789.

The city of Benares (U.P.) from Amrit Rao's Ghat to the Munshi Ghat. 22  November 1789.

Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1798

Shelfmark: WD168

Item number: 168

Length: 48.1

Width: 64.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Painting

Water-colour painting of the ghats on the river front at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) from Amrit Rao's Ghat to the Munshi Ghat by Thomas (1749-1840) and William (1769-1837) Daniell, 22 November 1789. Inscribed on the front of the mount in pencil is: 'Part of the City of Bernares'; and on the back in ink: 'Nr 49. Part of the City of Bernares.'

Varanasi is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus, the river banks are lined with continuous stone steps or ghats. Each of the hundred ghats has a lingam and occupies its own special place in the religious geography of the city. Early morning bathers occupy the ghats as do Brahmin priests offering puja and people practising meditation and yoga. Hindus regard the Ganges as amrita, the elixir of life, which brings purity to the living and salvation to the dead.

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