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Principal street of Gaya.

Principal street of Gaya.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/1(22)

Item number: 22

Length: 21.5

Width: 29.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of a busy street in Gaya, Bihar from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98', taken in 1895. Where as Bodh Gaya, a few kilometres away from old Gaya, is one of the world's most important Buddhist pilgrimage centres, Gaya is a significant pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Hindus come here to honour their parents a year after death by offering pind, a gift of funeral cakes. According to legend, a demon called Gaya, appalled by the sorrow caused by death, died for the world as a protest. Vishnu was so impressed with this sacrifice that he bestowed upon Gaya the power to absolve sinners. The well known Vishnupad temple, which is supposed to be built on Vishnu's footprint, is in the centre of the town.

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