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Sculptured pillars at Rajaona, Monghyr (Munger) District 1003178

Sculptured pillars at Rajaona, Monghyr (Munger) District 1003178

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(178)

Item number: 1003178

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of sculptured pillars at Rajaona, Monghyr (Munger) District, taken by Joseph David Beglar around 1871-72. Rajaona is a modern village in Bihar surrounded by the remains of ancient occupation in the form of mounds. The view shows two pillars, A (showing face 3), and one unidentified. The pillars are now in the Indian Museum, Calcutta. In a report of his photographic tour of 1871-72 Alexander Cunningham wrote, "A 3 shows Siva seated to the left on rocks (Mount Kailas) with a snake on his shoulder, and three attendants. He is holding out his hand to a young female kneeling on a crocodile, with an attendant holding an umbrella over her. As this is the usual way in which the Ganges is represented, it might be supposed that this was the river goddess herself, but I rather think that the figure is intended for the resuscitated Sati, who as Parvati, returned to her disconsolate husband. When Parvati is thus represented, she is considered the same as Ganga."

Alexander Cunningham

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