Rock and pavilion in the River Yamuna at Sujan Deo, Allahabad District
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a rock and pavilion in the River Yamuna at Sujan Deo, Allahabad District of Uttar Pradesh, taken by Joseph David Beglar in the 1870s. In the 'List of Photographic Negatives of Indian Antiquities in the Collection of the Indian Museum' of 1900, Bloch wrote, "A solitary rock in midst of river, with modern looking pavilion on top." The Yamuna river begins at a glacier lake in the Himalayas called Saptarishi Kund. The river flows through the towns of Vrindavana and Mathura, both of which are closely associated with Krishna. Many of the stories associated with Krishna mention the river and this has given it sacred character. Bathing in the Yamuna is purifying and the most popular place to do this is Kesi ghat.