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Bheem Tal, ancient Hindu temple and pipul tree

Bheem Tal, ancient Hindu temple and pipul tree

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: Photo 883/(7)

Item number: 8837

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Bhim Tal from the 'Album of Indian Views' taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864. Bhim Tal (Bhim Lake) is near the hill-station of Nainital in the Kumaon Hills. This area of Kumaon came under British rule after the Anglo-Nepal War (1814-16) and Nainital became the summer capital of the colonial administration of the province. The Bhimtal lake is named after Bhima, one of the Pandava Brothers, from the Indian epic poem the Mahabharata. This is a view looking along the lakeside path towards the old temple built by Baz Bahadhur Chand, Raja of Kumaon, in the 17th century and a sacred Pipul tree.

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