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Ganga Observed: Foreign Accounts of the River

 
Jagmohan Mahajan (Editor)
Synopsis The Ganga occupies an unrivalled position among the rivers of the world. No other river is so closely identified with a country as the Ganga is with India. Nor has any river elsewhere in the world influenced to a greater extent the life of the country through which it flows. Cities and pilgrimage centers teeming with temples and shrines have sprung up all along its course – milestones in the history of the land and the growth of Indian civilization. The Gangetic plain has indeed been the pole towards which the political, economic and religious life of the country has gravitated. It is little wonder, therefore, that the river should have caught the imagination of the multitude of foreign visitors to the country through the ages. Travellers of different nationalities and religions visiting India from abroad could not but take note of the Ganga. They have left fascinating accounts of the river scene observed for over two millennia. The information provided by them is vast and varied; and we find detailed and delightful descriptions of customs and ceremonies, periodical fairs and festivals, flora and fauna and the picturesque spots and pilgrimage centers which they came across in the course of their travels along the Ganga. Besides exhaustive extracts from the foreign travellers’ accounts included in this anthology, the book is also illustrated with some of the fascinating sketches of the river scene made by the landscape artists among them as they went up and down the river.
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About the author

Jagmohan Mahajan

Jagmohan Mahajan has been engaged in a study of the Ganga for the last several years. He is the author of The Ganga Trail: Foreign Accounts and Sketches of the River Scene and the text of the illustrated The Eternal Ganga, besides several articles in various well-known magazines and newspapers in India and abroad. His other main interest is the work of British landscape artists in India. He has written extensively on this subject, and his publications include Picturesque India: Sketches and Travels of Thomas and William Daniell, The Raj Landscape: British Views of Indian Cities, The Grand Indian Tour. Travels and Sketches of Emily Eden, Annexation of the Punjab, and Splendid Plumage: Indian Birds by British Artists.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ganga Observed: Foreign Accounts of the River
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 2nd ed.
Publisher Indica Books
Language: English
isbn 8186569405
length 152p., Plates; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.