S.W. view of the Fakeer's Rock in the River Ganges
Artist and engraver: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
Plate 9 from the fifth set of Thomas and William Daniell's 'Oriental Scenery' called 'Antiquities of India.' Opposite the town of Sultanganj, a sacred rock emerges dramatically from the river Ganges. It is covered with reliefs of Visnu, dating fom the 8th Century and other standing divinities. On the top there is a small temple as this is a place of pilgrimage. The Fakeer's Rock is one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage on the Ganges, as here was believed to be the residence of the hermit Jahnu who swallowed up the Ganges.