This is "Ram Ghat" and the buildings surrounding it. It is located near the Harsiddhi Temple and was built by the Raja of Jaipur. The ghat comes alive during the Ramnavami Mela held on the 9th day of Chaitra. Hindus take a bath early in the morning and worship Lord Ram in the neighboring temple.
There are 2 very interesting things that I would want you to note.
1. You will notice in the photograph that a large number of buildings - especially in the upper tiers - have broken walls. These are the rudimentary but creditable efforts by the municipal officials to control unrestrained and unauthorized construction in the Ghats. In many instance, old architecturally significant buildings have been altered and changed by the builders to build more and more hotels for tourists. After-all, tourism is the major money-spinner in Banaras. The municipal officials in one go had 'brought down' a few hundred illegal and unsafe constructions or reduced to size many unauthorized 'extensions' that many hotels had made.
2. This is a treasure of mine - a collection - that I am going to post on my "Workshop". It is a very old photograph of the "Ram Ghat" taken in 1869. The narration says: 'Views of Benares, from the River Side' taken by Brajo Gopal Bromochary in 1869. Request you to see it ....
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jemaflor (86670) 2013-11-13 12:20
Interesting warm colors, nice reflections on water but sharpness is not perfect, a detail.
Noel_Byrne (25788) 2013-11-14 5:06
The ones of earth an ochre in this are beautiful, and added to the color, the desisn and layout of the buildings is really appealing. Its such a busy scene, but beautifully so, and positioned so well on the river like this. I love the post in your workshop, I can understand why that photo would be a treasured possession.
How cool that you can document the ever changing history of the place and share it here with the world.
Thanks as always
Cricri (108775) 2013-11-14 5:59
Un fort rendu des couleurs qui rend bien, bon cadrage , reflets et lumière, belle réalisation et note, intéressante vue sur le WS!!!
thebest (4276) 2013-11-15 23:48
Interesting & remarkable how these buildings were constructed & I imagine that there would be safety concerns for the people who live there.
I have just read your interesting notes & I look forward to seeing the photo of Ram Ghat that was taken in 1869... congratulations on your well written notes I enjoyed reading them.
Silvio1953 (125725) 2013-11-16 9:18
Ciao Arunava, great view of fantastic place, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (59615) 2013-11-17 6:26
Good evening Arunava,
Imposing red color along the riverfront buildings, reflectingh its strong texture on water.
The WS show a diff. view it had more than a century ago, and after reading the note, I understood why many walls looks half-made or demolished.
Nice taken this photo, and enlightening my knowledge.
Have a nice week ahead,
abmdsudi (44844) 2013-11-18 6:23
Splendid typical photo of the famous ghat by the river Ganges with a beautiful golden light and great details. Few issues need be addressed: There is a fair amount of noise on this shot when viewed large, secondly it's due to over sharpening if you go a little bit too far you end up with a white halo thus you will see what seriously over sharpened looks like. Lastly I feel the colours dont look representative the over powering reddish tinge doesn't appear to be natural, nonetheless it's a good attempt. You may disagree with me, but that's my sincere constructive critiques i have for you, hopefully this is acceptable, Great effort, Congrats. tfs
claudeD (33990) 2013-11-18 10:13
very interesting contribution to Te. Excellent note and presentation.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
macjake (57950) 2013-11-18 13:49
beautiful and rustic.
you know how much i enjoy these scene you are sharing with us.
I also enjoy reading the information in the notes.
and thanks so much for the WS photo.
a great post for TE
delpeoples (53667) 2013-11-26 1:10
Namaskar dear Arunava
I love those golden tones in the architecture and the reflections on the water. The pastel colours in the sky are very pretty and you have captured the character of this place so well.
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-12
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Olympus E-500
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Banaras or Varanasi - the Eternal City [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-13 10:50