Village Bengali des bords du Gange - 1841
Lithograph of a Bengali village on the banks of the Ganges by L.H. de Rudder (1807-1881) after an original drawing of November 1841 by Prince Aleksandr Mikhailovich Saltuikov and published in Paris in 1848.
The Ganges is the principal river of India and the most sacred river in Hinduism. The source of the Ganges lies at 13,000 feet above sea level, in the forty-kilometer long Gangotri glacier in the Himalayas. From here the Ganges flows through the Northern plains of India, including pilgrimage sites such a Varanasi (Benares), and drains into the Bay of Bengal.
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