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Ram Ghat [Benares].

Ram Ghat [Benares].

Photographer: Bromochary, Brajo Gopal

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 984/(8)

Item number: 9848

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the riverbank around Ram Ghat from 'Views of Benares, from the River Side' taken by Brajo Gopal Bromochary in 1869. The Ram Ghat was built by the Raja of Jaipur and has a temple dedicated to Ram. Varanasi on the river Ganges is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus. Ganges was said to have descended from heaven to earth and 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. The Ram Ghat is a popular bathing ghat.

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