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Sivala Ghat [Benares].

Sivala Ghat [Benares].

Photographer: Bromochary, Brajo Gopal

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 984/(20)

Item number: 98420

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the fort on Shivala Ghat from 'Views of Benares, from the River Side' taken by Brajo Gopal Bromochary in 1869. "The fort which stands upon the banks of the Ganges was the residence of Raja Cheit Singh and to this day, possesses all the freshness of new-built structures. On the upper part of the northern wall of the fortress, are five small windows in a row, from one of which Raja Cheit Sing, amid the imminent danger of being captured by the British force, had made his escape." Raja Chet Singh of Benares who built this ghat was taken prisoner in his place by Warren Hastings in 1781. Hastings (1732-1818), the first governor-general of British India from 1773 to 1784, compelled Raja Chet Singh to part with financial resources, under threat of British military power. The Raja raised a revolt against the British, but was imprisoned in the palace. The Raja escaped from a small window on the north wall in the palace, aided by his followers, who fashioned a rope out of their turbans.

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