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Camel carriage, Govardhan (U.P.). 6 December 1868

Camel carriage, Govardhan (U.P.). 6 December 1868

Artist: Leighton, Stanley (1837-1901)

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: WD281

Item number: 281

Length: 9.6

Width: 17.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil drawing of a camel carriage at Govardhan in Uttar Pradesh by Stanley Leighton (1837-1901), 6 December 1868. Inscribed on the front in pencil is: 'Camel carriage - starting from Goverdhhun - Bhurtpore district. Sunday 6 Dec. 1868.'

Govardhan is situated 26 km west of Mathura on the road to Dig. A famous place of Hindu pilgrimage, Govardhan is located on a narrow sandstone hill known as Giriraj which is about 8 km in length. The young Lord Krishna is said to have held Giriraj up on the tip of a finger for 7 days and nights to shield the people of Braj from the deluge of rain sent down by Lord Indra. The Mansi Ganga, a large masonry tank is a prominent feature of the town and is flanked by temples and the cenotaphs of members of members of the royal family of Bharatpur.

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