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 12 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
Hampi : Eastern Gopura and Lamp Column, Vitthala Temple Complex - 1856

This photograph shows the eastern gopura and a monolithic lamp column, Vitthala temple complex, Hampi (Vijayanagara).

Vijayanagara, meaning ?city of victory? was the imperial capital of the last great Hindu empire to rul... Read More
 11 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
Print from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. Lyon wrote, 'About five miles from Tripatoor is situated Tircoostioor, a small village, with a very fine tank in front of the temple, as shown in this view' - 1868.

The Vishnu temple of Tirukkoshtiyur (Tirukkotiyur) is about 10 kms... Read More
 6 Jan 2014 Rare Photographs
General view of Seetabaldee, or Nagpur, Central India - 1860

This view of Nagpur was taken in the 1860s by an unknown photographer. The modern city was established in the eighteenth century. However, the earlier history of the district is obscure with elements that can be dated as far back as ... Read More
 16 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph taken about 1900 by the Government photographer, Zacharias D'Cruz of the Travancore Maharaja's State Carriage in Trivandrum. It is one of 76 prints in an album entitled 'Album of South Indian Views' of the Curzon Collection. George Nathaniel Curzon was Under Secretary of State at the F... Read More
 16 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Ariyankavu Temple - 1900

Photograph taken about 1900 by the Government photographer, Zacharias D'Cruz of the Shastha temple, Aryankavu in the erstwhile Travancore State. It is one of 76 prints in an album entitled 'Album of South Indian Views' of the Curzon Collection. George Nathaniel Curzon ... Read More
 16 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Photograph of the Palace, Trivandrum taken by an unknown photographer in the 1900s. The photograph is from an album containing views of various locations in India, formerly in the collection of Horatio Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome, (1850-1916), who was Commander in Chief o... Read More
 15 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Hariharesvara Temple, Harihar - 1855

Photograph of the Hariharesvara Temple at Harihar, taken by William Henry Pigou in 1855. The town of Harihar is situated on the right bank of the Thungabhadra river. The Harihareshvara temple is located in a large compound which includes the main temple and... Read More
 14 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
View looking north from the Khwabagh, showing the Panch Mahal and the Diwan-i-Khas, Fatehpur Sikri - 1893

Photograph of the Diwan-i-Khas at Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893. This view looks due north from the Khwabagh (H... Read More
 14 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
General view of the Astrologer's Seat from the Pachchisi Court, Fatehpur Sikri - 1893

Photograph of the Astrologer's Seat, Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, Edmund William Smith in 1893. The city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556... Read More
 13 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Rajput men playing the game of Puchesee; a photo by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey, early 1860's.

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 13 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Group of Marwaree men playing Pachisi, a photo perhaps by Taurines, c.1880's

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 12 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
Mysore State Anthem: Kayo Shri Gowri
By Akshay Chavan (Based on information provided by Mr. Raja Chandra of the Mysore royal family)

A national anthem is generally a patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions and struggles of its people, recognized either by ... Read More
 11 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
A lantern slide photo of the Old Palace, Mysore - c.1880

It was the seat of power for Krishna Raja Wodeyar the third who ruled from 1799 until 1868. The design, typical of Hindu architecture, uses a simple column-and-beam structure. The columns however, were elaborately carved in the style com... Read More
 11 Dec 2013 Rare Photographs
"The Old Palace, Mysore," a photo by Nicholson & Son, Madras, c.1880's

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 20 Nov 2013 Rare Photographs
Close view from the south-west of the porch of Shaikh Salim Chishti's Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri - 1892

Photograph of Shaikh Salim Chisti's tomb at Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893. The palace-city complex at Fatehpur Sikri wa... Read More
 2 Nov 2013 Sculpture
Sculpture of Vishnu as Trivikrama in the north verandah of Cave II, Badami, Bijapur District - 1874

Photograph of a sculpture of Vishnu as Trivikrama in the north verandah of Cave 2 at Badami, taken by James Burgess in 1874. Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, was the capital of the early Chaluk... Read More
 23 Oct 2013 Rare Photographs
Husainabad Imambara, Lucknow - 1870

This photograph by John Edward Sach? (1870s) is from the Lee-Warner Collection. The Chhota Imanbara at Lucknow is also known as the Husainabad Imambara or Palace of Lights. It was built between 1837 and 1842 by Muhammed Ali Shah to serve as a mausoleum for h... Read More
 13 Oct 2013 Rare Photographs
Durga Temple
Benaras
ca. 1895 - ca. 1915

Source: Rijksmuseum Read More
 27 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Ruined temple at Rameswaram - 1890

Photograph of a temple at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, taken by Alexander Rea in c.1890, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The sacred Hindu island of Rameswaram is believed to be related to the story of Rama as narrated in the Ramayana; the pl... Read More
 27 Sep 2013 Rare Photographs
Unidentified ruins at Rameswaram - 1890

Photograph of a temple at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, taken by Alexander Rea in c.1890, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The sacred Hindu island of Rameswaram is believed to be related to the story of Rama as narrated in the Ramayana; t... Read More