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Kashmir: Poormandal, Male or Festival.

Kashmir: Poormandal, Male or Festival.

Artist: Hardinge, Charles Stewart (1822 - 1894)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1847

Shelfmark: X738/2(4)

Item number: 73824

Length: 38

Width: 27

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 4 from "Recollections of India. Part 2. Kashmir and the Alpine Punjab" by James Duffield Harding (1797-1863) after Charles Stewart Hardinge (1822-1894), the eldest son of the first Viscount Hardinge, the Governor General. This represents Purmandal, popularly known as 'Chhota Kashi' which is located on the holy river Devika, considered to be as sacred as the Ganges. There are several temples here including that of Umapati and the adjoining Shiva temples. Hardinge described the town in the 19th Century as, "The resort of pilgrims from all parts of the hills on the celebration of the 'Male', which is a religious festival, the streets are filled with Hillmen of every tribe and every description of Costume."

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