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The Maharaja's Fort, Front view [Benares].

The Maharaja's Fort, Front view [Benares].

Photographer: Bromochary, Brajo Gopal

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 984/(23)

Item number: 98423

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a view from the river looking towards the landing place and palace beyond, with a state barge moored at the landing place from 'Views of Benares, from the River Side' taken by Brajo Gopal Bromochary in 1869 . "It is situated at Ram-Naggar, upwards of a mile to the south-east of Sivala Ghat, on the opposite side of the river, presenting a picturesque frontage and is the residence of the present Maharaja of Benares. Within the fort is a temple dedicated to Vedavyas, the most renowned compiler of the Vedas; hither in the month of Magh (January and February) not only the people of Ramnaggar perform their pilgrimage, but great multitudes from Benares, likewise resort. In the month of Phagun (February and March) a singing and dancing festival called 'Raj Mangal' is held here; boats laden with people attended by singing and dancing girls proceed from Asi Ghat and row about the river in front of the fort."

Ramnagar was made the capital of the former princely state of Benares (Varanasi), by Raja Balwant Singh in 1750. The outer ramparts of the fort date from the 17th century. A vast flight of stone steps lead to a pointed archway and a series of courtyards leads to the white tower of the main palace within the fort.

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