Plan of part of the Biseswar [Vishwanatha?] temple and ghats, Benares
Artist: Prinsep, James (1799-1840)
Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Pen and ink plan of part of the Biseswar [Vishwanatha?] temple and ghats at Varanasi (Benares) by James Prinsep between 1822-9. This is one of nine drawings of Benares, from an album containing mainly plans and elevations connected with drainage and engineering work carried out by James Prinsep at this time.
The Vishwanatha or Visheshwara temple is popularly known as the Golden Temple due to the massive gold plating on its shikhara (spire) bestowed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1835. There has been a temple on this site on the banks of the Ganga River for over 1,000 years, the present temple was built by Ahilya Bai of Indore in 1777.