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Ficus Indica, Banyan (Hardwar).

Ficus Indica, Banyan (Hardwar).

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866

Shelfmark: Photo 222/(100)

Item number: 222100

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a Banyan tree in Haridwar from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1866. Samuel Bourne, the bank clerk and amateur photographer arrived in India in 1863 during the early years of commercial photography. Photographs taken during three expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas between 1863 and 1866 demonstrate his ability to combine technical skill and artistic vision. Haridwar, of utmost religious significance is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and is the first major town on the River Ganges at the point where the river flows onto the plains. Blessed by the trinity of Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, Haridwar has always been a major pilgrimage site for Hindus. The Ganges here is quite calm and clear and the many bathing ghats are always full of people performing their ablutions. The main bathing ghat at Haridwar is Hari-ki-Pari which reputedly contains a footprint of Lord Vishnu embedded in a stone. Banyan trees are usually found at these spots.

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