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The Mosque of Aurangzeb and adjoining Ghats, Benares - 1865

June 30, 1865
Architectural and Building
Aurangzeb 1658–1707

The Mosque of Aurangzeb and adjoining Ghats, Benares - 1865



The Mosque of Aurangzeb and adjoining Ghats, Benares - 1865 Photograph of the Smaller Aurangzeb Mosque on the panchaganga ghat, Varanasi, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Though the title refers to the Mosque as the Great Mosque of Aurangzeb this is the Smaller Mosque of Aurangzeb. The mosque was built by Aurangzeb (r.1658-1707), the ruler of the Mughal Empire. The mosque is on the site of an earlier Vishnu temple known as Bindu Madhav, this is probably why the mosque is known locally as Madho Rai Ki Masjid. Parts from the temple were used in the construction of the mosque. The minarets (seen in this view), were restored by James Prinsep in the 19th century and further shortened before they were finally pulled down by the government due to their instability. Copyright: The British Library Board

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Very good information.


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