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Bindrabun [Vrindavan]. Gate of Shet Lukhmeechund's Temple.

Bindrabun [Vrindavan]. Gate of Shet Lukhmeechund's Temple.

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(35)

Item number: 97135

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey, showing the gateway of 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 temple shown was founded by Seth Lakshmichand in ca.1851 and houses the deity Ranganatha (a form of Vishnu reposing on the many-headed cosmic snake Ananta). The temple blends architectural styles of South and North India, with a tall gopuram (Dravidian-type temple tower) and a Rajput-style gateway. In the words of James Fergusson which accompany the photograph, 'The gateways of the outer enclosure of this temple, the whole of which have been built within the last twenty years, the modern Hindoo style of Northern India. In design they closely resemble the Sikh temple at Umritsar, while in luxuriant ornament they follow the cenotaphs of Govurdhun and Ulwur.'

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