Back to my series on the "Ghats" of Banaras:
The old name of this ghat was Somesvara, but in c.e. 1585, Raja Savai Man Singh (of Amber - Rajasthan) made a palace on the banks of the Ganges. Thereafter, the ghat was named after him. This ghat is "known primarily for the magnificent building with exquisite, ornately carved window carvings". On the top of the floor is a Hindu Observatory built by Savai Jai Singh-11 (1686-1743: the other places where he established such observatories are Jaipur, Delhi, Mathura and Ujjain. Under the direction of his astrologer-minister, Jagannatha, the king built this observation during the period of 1710-1737. There are four main astronomical instruments and renovation were made in 1850s and again in 1912 under the patronage of the King of Jaipur.
The shrines that are close-by at the top of the ghat are Somesvara, Dhabalesvara, Remesvara and Sthuladanta Vinayaka. In the river lies the Prabhasa Tirtha. On the occasion of Holi the festival of colour, falling on the last day of Phalguna (February-March), people perform celebration at the Dhabalesvara shrine.
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dta (81636) 2013-11-19 10:11
Hello Arunava ,
I like especially the warm light on this splendid old stoned building . You' should have cropped a part of the sky , that is less interesting .
Noel_Byrne (33426) 2013-11-20 4:47
Even before reading your great note, the details of the facade of this building stood out to me very much, its such an intricate and beautiful building. I love the difference in colors between the two areas too, the white / yellow and then the deeper earthy tones. Amazing to think of the age of this place, and that its details have remained intact for so long. No doubt a sign of how well cared for this place is.
I promised myself I will attend the next Holi festival in Dublin too, it looks like one of the most amazing events of the year.
All the best
holmertz (58306) 2013-11-20 7:37
The buildings are beautiful as such, and the warm light gives them a beautiful golden glow. You have written an interesting not too. I think the photo would have gained a bit if you had dipped the camera a little further down to include more of the crowd in the street.
Fis2 (105172) 2013-11-20 11:00
A very interesting building.
Excellent colors and sharpness.
Very impressive picture.
I like it.
Silvio1953 (151665) 2013-11-20 11:16
Ciao Arunava, great view of fantastic place, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (124884) 2013-11-20 22:47
Belle lumière qui rehausse les couleurs de ce grand et intéressante architecture, belle présentation et note
Angshu (56760) 2013-12-10 21:13
One of the lesser frequented ghats but one which is more famous for the Jantar Mantar which I am sure the line of tourists in the picture are off to see. The warm early morning light creates a nice mood in this place...
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2674)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-12
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Olympus E-500
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Banaras or Varanasi - the Eternal City [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-19 9:57