Ghaut and temples on the banks of the Hooghly [Calcutta]
Photographer: Fiebig, Frederick
Medium: Photographic print
A hand-coloured print from the Fiebig Collection: Views of Calcutta and Surrounding Districts, taken by Frederick Fiebig in 1851. The Hooghly is a distributary of the Holy Ganges and is thus considered very sacred and forms an important part of the religious life of Calcutta. People gather for prayers and ritual ablutions at the neo-classical ghats and at the waterfront temples built by rich religious Hindu families. This is a view from the steps of a ghat, or landing-place, on the banks of the Hooghly, seen looking back towards a Hindu temple. The ionic columns of the ghat may be seen in the foreground.