Temple near hot springs, Rajgir
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the temple near the hot springs at Rajgir, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1872-73. The hot springs at Rajgir have attracted tourists to the city for centuries and indeed they still do today. The largest of the springs is called 'Suraj Kund' after the Hindu deity 'Surya' who is associated with the sun. An image of Surya and another of Vishnu can be found close to the springs. In 1895 Alexander Caddy wrote, that, "The Subdivisional Officer and myself went towards the kunds or hot springs, on both the Hindu and Muhammadan sides. The original springs are closed in, and the warm water as it surges out is led through stone channels to the bathing places where several spouts of varying degrees of warmth and volume pour their quota into a common cistern or tank..."