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Bhurut Melao.

Bhurut Melao.

Artist: Prinsep, James (1799-1840)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1834

Shelfmark: X751/3(5)

Item number: 75135

Length: 19.2

Width: 26.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Plate 5 from the third part of James Prinsep's 'Benares Illustrated'. Prinsep (1799-1840), an antiquary and colonial administrator was assay master at the Benares Mint between 1820-30. The lithographs published in this collection were based on his original sketches of the various views of the 'holy' city of the Hindus. Of this plate he writes: '[This is] the concluding ceremony of Ram Leela Mela. On the afternoon of the day following the destruction of Rawun, depicted in the last plate[Plate 4 of this collection], another spectacle occurs of an equally , or even more, interesting nature. It is entitled the Bhurut Melao "or the meeting with Bhurut" upon the return of victorious brothers Ram and Luchmun with Sita, to the capital of their kingdom Ayodhya (Oude)'. Ramlila, is the festival dramatising the life of Rama, the model king and hero. An attendant brahmin, or priest, sits on the front step of the throne as mediator between the hero and worshippers distributing wreaths of flowers consecrated by his touch. The garden walls and houses on either side of the streets, through which the procession passes are equipped with stone terraces and parapets, canopied with luxurious pavilions for the upper classes to sit in.

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