This late-19th century photograph of the Bindusagar lake was published in Antiquities of Orissa, authored by Indologist Rajendralal Mitra (1824 – 1891).
The lake dating back to the 8th – 9th century is situated north of the Lingaraja Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Bhubaneshwar. It measures about 1300 ft in length and 700 ft in width.
Many cultures in India believe that water is a manifestation of divine will. Tanks, stepwells, and lakes are water-bodies erected around or close to religious centres. These have served ceremonial, spiritual, and social purposes for millennia.
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TitleVindusagar tank, Bhubaneshwar (Bindusagar tank, Bhubaneshwar)
Photographerattributed to John Garrick, H. Levine, Joseph Armstrong, Jon Beams, & John Ravenshaw
PublisherRaja Rajendralal Mitra
DimensionsH: 18.4cm x W: 23.8cm