Gosain Temple Benares

Gosain Temple Benares
MP2033HR, 20 x 25 inch
Photographer: Anonymous, Circa 1870’s

The distinctive sepia tint immediately places this as an old photograph from a pioneering era of photography. The name of the photographer is lost in time and this temple’s former glory has now faded. It is no longer an active place of public worship, lying largely forgotten among the narrow alleys of Benares where bulls roam freely in perhaps the most ancient city in the world. Varanasi (also known as Benaras or Kāshi) in India has been a place of Lord Shiva worship for centuries with hundreds of Shiva temples along the ghats and in the old city including the main Vishwanath Temple. The Gosain Temple is also a Shiva temple but the altar itself is not visible in this photo. Instead you can see a carved back panel featuring Hanuman and a Nandi (kneeling sacred bull). The light floods in from above washing out the background in sharp contrast to the foreground detail of the exquisite carvings on the pillars.




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