Hindu temples and ghat on the banks of the Jumna, Batesara 1003520
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Hindu temples and ghat on the banks of the Jumna at Batesara, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1871-72. Batesara is situated in the modern state of Uttar Pradesh. In the report he wrote about his photographic tour, Beglar said, "Bateswar is a small place, on the right bank of the Jamna, forty-three miles south east from Agra. It is situated amidst the great ravines of the Jamna. An annual fair is held here... in honour of Bateswar Nath Mahadeva, represented by a large lingam in a commonplace-looking temple, one of the immense number lining the banks of the river for more than a mile in length. These temples are all modern, not dating beyond Shah Jehan's era, though a few may, from their style, be considered as old as Akbar. The scene during the fair is singularly beautiful; the long line of temples reflected from the green waters of the Jamna, which here is deep, and washes the massive and long line of steps reaching down from the temples to the river...make up a whole not easily unsurpassed."