Trilochan and Tilianala Ghats [Benares].
Photographer: Bromochary, Brajo Gopal
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Trilochan and Tilianala Ghats from the 'Views of Benares, from the River Side' taken by by Brajo Gopal Bromochary in 1869. Varanasi, on the river ganges, is one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus. The Ganges was said to have descended from heaven to earth, it is regarded by Hindus as amrita, the elixir of life; those who touch the water are said to be absolved of sin. The waterfront of the city is lined with over 100 ghats with long flights of stone steps where residents and pilgrims come to perform their ablutions and worship in the temples.
"The Trilochan Ghat is also called the Pilpilla Tirth. After bathing in the Ganges at this Ghat, the pilgrim proceeds to the Punchganga Ghat and then bathes there again. There are two turrets at the Pilpilla Ghat, between which the water possesses the special sanctity. At Tilianala Ghat there are a few houses of plain appearance on the banks of the river, occupied by some of the men belonging to the Taimur family. Near to this place, but in the city, there is a famous place called Maqdum Sahib - a square enclosure used by the Mohammedans as a cemetery."