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Ahilyabai Ghat is one of the ghats in Varanasi which was built by Ahilyabai. I was wandering along the ghats in the morning and found this two women sitting and drying their clothes. I thought it would be a nice composition to capture today’s Ahilyabais. I have not changed anything in the photo and kept the original composition.

Ahilyadevi Holkar was a ruler of the Malwa kingdom, India during the 18th century. She was born in the village of Chaundi in Maharashtra. She moved the capital to Maheshwar south of Indore on the Narmada River.

Ahilyadevi's husband was killed in battle in 1754. Twelve years later, her father-in-law, Malhar Rao Holkar, died. She tried to protect her kingdom from Thugs, the plunderers. She personally led armies into battle. She is also famous for justice, once she gave the order for killing her only son under the elephant feet for his punishable activities.

Rani Ahilyadevi was a great builder and patron of many Hindu temples.

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