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The Vishnupud Temple, Gaya, with Gaywal priests.

The Vishnupud Temple, Gaya, with Gaywal priests.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 15/1(24)

Item number: 24

Length: 22.3

Width: 28.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Vishnupad temple situated on the west bank of the underground river, Falgu at Gaya in Bihar, from the Elgin Collection: 'Spring Tours 1894-98', taken in 1895. The thirty metre high temple rests on eight rows of decorated pillars. In a subsidiary mandapa is a stone embedded with Lord Vishnu’s footprint called the Vishnupad. The temple was renovated in 1787 by Rani Ahalya Bai. This is a very holy site where Hindus offer pind or oblations for their deceased ancestors.

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