Ghosla Ghat [Benares].
Photographer: Bromochary, Brajo Gopal
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a ghat from 'Views of Benares, from the River Side' taken by Brajo Gopal Bromochary in 1869. "This is the Nagpoor Raja's Ghat. The structures on this spot are very elegant, massive and strong, and is frequented by the Mahrattas."
The Ganges river was said to have descended from heaven to earth, it is regarded by Hindus as amrita, the elixir of life; those who touch the water are said to be absolved of sin. The waterfront of Varanasi (Benares) is lined with over 100 ghats, with long flights of stone steps where residents and pilgrims come to perform their ablutions and worship in the temples. Varanasi, founded in the sixth century BC is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus and is known as a tirthas, or ‘crossing place’ which allows the devotee access to the divine and where gods and goddesses can come down to earth.