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Parbathy Temple, Poona [Pune].

Parbathy Temple, Poona [Pune].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 394/(123)

Item number: 394123

Genre: Photograph

This print shows a distant view of the temple on Parbaty or Parvati Hill, built by Peshwa Balaji Rao in about 1758, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. The Parvati temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity Ganesh, was erected as the private shrine of the Peshwa family. In 1802, Jaswant Rao Holkar defeated the combined armies of the Peshwa and Scindia. As a result of this defeat the Peshwa invited British assistance and Pune was occupied by British troops under Wellesley in 1803. After the battle of Kirkee in November 1817 it was surrendered to the British who based the summer headquarters of the Government of Bombay here and established a large military encampment.

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