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View of Gyah, an Hindoo town, in Bahar

View of Gyah, an Hindoo town, in Bahar

Artist and engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1802

Shelfmark: X432/3(15)

Item number: plate 15

Genre: Print

Plate 15 from the third set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery.' Gaya is situated on the bank of the Phalgu river in Bihar and was early on associated with Gautama and Mahavira, the founders of Buddhism and Jainism in the 5th - 6th Centuries BC. Bodhgaya, the place of the Buddha's enlightenment, isa few miles south of the town. At least from the early mediaeval period Gaya became an important site of Hindu pilgrimage centred round the stone image of Vishnu's footprint enshrined in the Vishnupada Temple, which dominates this view of the town.

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