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Bindrabun, near Muttra. Shet Lukhmeechund's Temple.

Bindrabun, near Muttra. Shet Lukhmeechund's Temple.

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(34)

Item number: 97134

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey, showing the Rangaji temple at Brindavan (Vrindavan) on the banks of the river Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh. Vrindavan is closely linked to the legend of Krishna and a pilgrimage site for Hindus like Mathura located a few kilometres away. It was in the forests of Vrindavan that the youthful cowherd Krishna sported with milkmaids. It has several bathing ghats (stepped embankments) leading down to the river and overlooked by temples. The mid-nineteenth century temple shown was founded by Seth Lakshmichand and houses the deity Ranganatha (a form of Vishnu reposing on the serpent Ananta). The temple has a tall gopuram (tower) of six tiers in the Dravidian style. In the words of James Fergusson which accompany the photograph, 'Bindrabun, close to Muttra...contains many temples of different periods, among which is that shown above, which has just been completed by one of the Vaishnuv sect. Singular to say, it is in a style quite unknown in this part of India, its design having been imported literally from the Madras Presidency.'

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