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Govurdhun [Gobardhan]. Cenotaph of Raja Buldev Singh.

Govurdhun [Gobardhan]. Cenotaph of Raja Buldev Singh.

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(41)

Item number: 97141

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey. Govardhan, 25 kms west of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, is part of what is known to Hindus as Brajbhoomi (the area associated with the popular deity Krishna). Legend states that Krishna lifted the hill at Goverdhan with one finger, to protect its citizens from a deluge unleashed by the rain-god Indra. The finely carved chattris (pavilions) of the cenotaphs of the Jat rulers of Bharatpur are around the tank known as Kusum Sarovar. The description of James Fergusson accompanying this photograph of the cenotaph of Raja Baldev Singh reads, 'The Raja of Bhurtpore died in 1825. His cenotaph is remarkable for its size and the grandeur of its design, and for the elegance and elaboration of its details. This, with the gateway of Shet Lukhmeechund's temple [Seth Lakhshmichand], may be considered as proofs that Hindoo architecture, where unaffected by the debased styles or the sordid parsimony of Europe, still possesses life and vigour, and may have a brilliant future before it.'

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