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Maheshwar, Indore

Maheshwar, Indore

Artist: Abbott, Sir James (1807-1896)

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1842

Shelfmark: WD3445

Item number: 3445

Length: 34

Width: 53

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Pencil and ink drawing of bathing ghats on the river bank at Maheshwar by Sir James Abbott (1807-1896) in 1842. On the original mount is inscribed: 'From Nature by General James Abbott 1842. Ghaut or stairs to the revered memory of the Mah-ratta Princess Ahilya Bae at Mhaiswa, Nimarr. Central India, drawn from a boat in the River Narbudda'.

Maheshwar is situated in Madhya Pradesh on the north bank of the River Narmada. It is a beautiful temple town which has been associated with Mahishmati, the ancient capital of King Kartivirarjun, a spectacular temple city mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics. The city was significantly developed by the legendary Holkar queen Rani Ahilyabai of Indore (died 1795) who built a temple and fort complex here as well as several picturesque ghats which line the river banks.

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