Near the Fort of Currah, on the River Ganges
Artist and engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Plate 1 from the third set of Thomas and William Daniells' 'Oriental Scenery.' Kara was a sacred place in early Hindu days. It was conquered by the Muslims in 1194 and became a seat of government until Akbar built the present fort and city of Allahabad in 1583 as the new administrative centre. Many ruins of the old city extended along the river bank such as this domed Hindu shrine with steps leading down to the river Ganges.