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Statue of Vishnu at Prithipur-Nayakhera, Jhansi District

Statue of Vishnu at Prithipur-Nayakhera, Jhansi District

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(820)

Item number: 1003820

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a statue of Vishnu at Prithipur-Nayakhera, Jhansi District of Uttar Pradesh, part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Indian Museum Series, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s-90s. The district of Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh was ruled by a succession of dynasties under several different names, the most noted being the Chandella kings who ruled from the 9th to the 12th centuries. The majority of the Hindu and Jain temples that remain date to this period. The area was renamed Jhansi in the 17th century when it rose to power under the Raja Bir Singh Deo of Orchha, who built the fort in 1613 that the city was named after. Historically, Jhansi is often remembered for the young patriotic queen Lakshmi Bai, also known as the Rani of Jhansi, who became a national symbol of resistance to British rule. This view shows a large statue of Vishnu, one of the principal gods of Hinduism who is the preserver of the established order. His wife is Lakshmi or Shri, the goddess of fortune and his vehicle is the bird Garuda. He is here represented standing upright with four arms, one holds the wheel, another a mace or club, the third a conch and the fourth a lotus.

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