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The Fukeers Cave over the Bagurutty, [Pasupati], the Devotee seated in front

The Fukeers Cave over the Bagurutty, [Pasupati], the Devotee seated in front

Photographer: Taylor, Clarence Comyn

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1863

Shelfmark: Photo 855/(6)

Item number: 8556

Length: 33

Width: 33.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph with a view of a fakir's cave in the midst of dense foliage overlooking the Bagmati river at the temple of Pashupatinath near Kathmandu; part of a collection of albumen prints taken by Clarence Comyn Taylor between 1863-65, which constitute the earliest photographs of Nepal. Taylor, a soldier in the East India Company's army, was badly wounded in the Indian Uprising of 1857 and turned to Political Service, arriving in Kathmandu in 1863 as Assistant Resident. At this time the British had started a project to document the people and monuments of the Indian sub-continent using photography. Taylor fortuitously was a capable photographer and took images of Nepal for the Government of India. Taylor described this image in his List of pictures as, 'No VI. The Fukeer's cave over the Bagurutty at Pushputtinath. The Devotee himself is seen seated in front of the cave which is surrounded by a dense mass of foliage'. Yogis or fakirs were terms used to describe ascetics who renounced the world and became wanderers or resided in caves near holy places. The Pashupatinath temple complex dedicated to Shiva is one of the chief pilgrimage sites in Nepal.

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