Ghats on the Narbada River, Mandleshwar
Artist: Abbott, Henry (1811-1837)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing of ghats on the Narbada River, Mandleshwar by Henry Abbott(1811-1837) in 1833. Inscribed on the image is: 'Ghaut Narbudda Mundlaiser Lt. Henry Abbott 1833'. The inscription appears to be in the hand of James Abbott and it is probable the two men met at Mhow in 1834, where their regiments were stationed, when both were young lieutenants.
Mandleshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Central India is on the bank of the Narbada River at a narrow point where in the monsoon the stream often rises 60 feet above its normal level becoming a roaring torrent. It fell to the Marathas in the 18th century and in 1740 was granted by Malhar Rao Holkar to a Brahman, Vyankatram Shastri. In 1823 it became the head quarters of the District of Nimar which until 1864 was managed by the Agent to the Governor General at Indore. The Narbada is one of the most important rivers of India and at Mandleshwar there are many beautiful tanks temples and ghats.