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Burdwan - The 'Aftab House' on the banks of the Kishensagar Lake

Burdwan - The 'Aftab House' on the banks of the Kishensagar Lake

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1904

Shelfmark: Photo 430/29(16)

Item number: 4302916

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the 'Aftab House' on the banks of the Kishensagar Lake, adjacent to the Palace, at Barddhaman in West Bengal, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1904. This is part of an album presented to Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, by Bijay Chand Mahtab of Burdwan (r.1887-1941), on his short visit to the city on 2nd April 1904 and the caption on this photograph reads, 'This is where His Excellency witnessed the firework display'. Burdwan was the capital of the district and the residence of the Maharajas. "The town really consists of numerous small villages scattered over an area of 9 square miles, and the greater part of it is rural in character...Within the town itself the principal places of interest are the palaces and gardens of the Maharaja."

The Imperial Gazeteer of India states, 'The town really consists of numerous small villages scattered over an area of 9 square miles, and the greater part of it is rural in character...Within the town itself the principal places of interest are the palaces and gardens of the Maharaja.'' Bijay Chand Mahtab, the son of Raja Ban Bihari Kapur, had been adopted by the previous ruler's widow and came to the throne in 1903; he visited England in 1906.

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