View of rocky hillside near Pachmarhi (Central Provinces)
Artist: Sankey, Sir Richard Hieram (1829-1908)
Water-colour painting of a rocky hillside near Pachmarhi by Sir Richard Hieram Sankey (1829-1908), c.1860. Inscribed on the mount is: 'Near Pachmarhi.'
This is probably Chauragarh, a great square-headed bluff on the south edge of the Pachmarhi plateau, a large saucer shaped valley in Madhya Pradesh. On the top of the cliff is a temple dedicated to Lord Siva. Pilgrims make the strenuous climb up 1300 steps. They often carrying representations of the trident symbol of Siva on their shoulders as an offering to the deity. This is particularly popular during the festival of Sivaratri, or 'Siva’s night', which takes place in February and March.