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The village of Devaprayaga with a rope bridge across the Bagirathi Garhwal (U.P.). 11 May 1808

The village of Devaprayaga with a rope bridge across the Bagirathi Garhwal (U.P.). 11 May 1808

Artist: Hearsey, Hyder Young (1782-1840)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1808

Shelfmark: WD346

Item number: 346

Length: 34.9

Width: 52.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour by Hyder Young Hearsey (1782-1840) of the village of Devaprayaga with a rope bridge across the Bagirathi at Garhwal in Uttar Pradesh, dated 11th May 1808. The image is inscribed on the front in ink: '3'; and: 'Rope Bridge. Deeo Praug'. This image, was taken while Hearsey accompanied Lieutenant Webb and Captain Raper on an expedition to discover the source of the Ganges. Raper's journal was communicated to the Asiatic Society by the President and published in Asiatick Researches, volume xi, 1812. Of Devaprayaga, he wrote, "It is one of the five principal prayags [confluence of two rivers] mentioned in the sastras, and is considered by all Hindus as a place peculiarly sacred. The town is situated at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alacananda rivers, and built on the scarp of the mountain, about one hundred feet above the water. It forms two sides of a square, one face looking towards the Alacananda, and the largest towards the Bhagirathi. The foundation is a soil of hard rock, in which a flight of steps is cut, leading from the water's edge to a considerable distance up the mountain, which rises eight or nine hundred feet above the town...In the upper part of the town stands a temple, sacred to Raghu-Nat'h or Ra'muchandra. This edifice is constructed of large pieces of cut stone, piled up without a mortar. Its form is a quadrilateral pyramid, bulging in the centre and decreasing towards the top, surmounted by a whiye cupola, over which, supported on wooden pillars, is a square sloping roof, composed of plates of copper. Above the whole is a golden ball and spire."

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