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Background imageHindu Collection: Partition. Map of East and West Punjab

Partition. Map of East and West Punjab
The areas of the Western and Eastern Punjab where there were many outbreaks of violence between Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus following Partition and the creation of modern India and Pakistan

Background imageHindu Collection: Angkor Wat temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
View of the Khmer temple of Angkor Wat, at Siem Reap, Cambodia, showing the central temple complex, east side. The temple was first Hindu, then Buddhist

Background imageHindu Collection: Queen Victoria and Munshi Abdul Karim, 1900

Queen Victoria and Munshi Abdul Karim, 1900
Queen Victoria, Empress of India, listening to a despatch describing the elation of the troops at the services they had rendered to the Queen. Her Indian servant, Munshi Abdul Karim, supports her

Background imageHindu Collection: Hindu God Indra

Hindu God Indra
Indra, King of the hindu gods in an early collection of hymns, the Rig Veda. He had authority over the sky; he could rend clouds apart with thunderbolts to make rain

Background imageHindu Collection: Hindu / The Cosmic Turtle

Hindu / The Cosmic Turtle
In the ancient Indian cosmogony, the Earth is sustained on the backs of elephants who are themselves standing on the back of a cosmic turtle

Background imageHindu Collection: Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Thiruvananthapuram, India

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Thiruvananthapuram, India
Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Thiruvananthapuram, India. The shrine is run by a trust headed by the royal family of Travancore. Date: 1924

Background imageHindu Collection: Char Bangla Temple, Baranagore, West Bengal, India

Char Bangla Temple, Baranagore, West Bengal, India
Detail of carvings above the main entrance to one of the four Shiva (Siva) Mandirs at the Char Bangla Temple, built in the 18th century in Baranagore, West Bengal, India

Background imageHindu Collection: Worshipping the God of Smallpox, India

Worshipping the God of Smallpox, India
Under the Hindu faith, if you want protection against getting smallpox, pray to Shitala, the Goddess of Smallpox

Background imageHindu Collection: Yogi on bed of nails - Serampore, West Bengal, India

Yogi on bed of nails - Serampore, West Bengal, India. Date: 1925

Background imageHindu Collection: Greetings postcard, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India

Greetings postcard, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India
Multiview greetings postcard from Mhow, a British Army cantonment (now Dr Ambedkar Nagar), Madhya Pradesh, India. Date: circa 1910

Background imageHindu Collection: The Earth

The Earth
According to Hindu belief, the Earth is supported on elephants, standing on a tortoise, which floats in the Universal Ocean

Background imageHindu Collection: Sri Lanka - Hindu Ascetic - Incredibly long hair

Sri Lanka - Hindu Ascetic - Incredibly long hair
Sri Lanka - Hindu Ascetic Sadhu with incredibly long hair, worn in thick dreadlocks called jata. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageHindu Collection: Annamalaiyar Temple, India

Annamalaiyar Temple, India
Annamalaiyar Temple - a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located at the bottom of the Annamalai hill in Thiruvannamalai town in Tamilnadu, India

Background imageHindu Collection: The ten avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu

The ten avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu
The ten avatars (Incarnations) of the Hindu god Vishnu

Background imageHindu Collection: Hindu Gymkhana, Karachi, British India

Hindu Gymkhana, Karachi, British India
Hindu Gymkhana, Sarwar Shaheed Road, Karachi, Sindh, British India (now in Pakistan), built in Mughal-Revival style. It was originally a club for the Hindu upper classes

Background imageHindu Collection: Shiva Nataraja, King of Dance. 850-1100. Hindu

Shiva Nataraja, King of Dance. 850-1100. Hindu art. Chola art. Sculpture on bronze. FRANCE. Paris. Guimet Museum. Proc: INDIA. TAMIL NADU

Background imageHindu Collection: Hindu Scriptures / Lahore

Hindu Scriptures / Lahore
Ranjit Singh reads the Hindu scriptures on the roof of the palace at Lahore. He was the founder of the Punjab Empire and a Sikh leader

Background imageHindu Collection: Maidens among clouds. 5th c. SRI LANKA. Sigiriya

Maidens among clouds. 5th c. SRI LANKA. Sigiriya. Fresco of 500 ladies in the rock wall of the fortress. World Heritage. Hindu art. Fresco

Background imageHindu Collection: Young princess playing veena (string instrument)

Young princess playing veena (string instrument), 1770. Hyderabad school. Hindu art. Miniature Painting

Background imageHindu Collection: Pakistan - Karachi, Swaminarain Hindu Temple

Pakistan - Karachi, Swaminarain Hindu Temple
The Swaminarayan Mandir, Karachi - a Hindu temple that belongs to the NarNarayan Dev Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday and is the only Swaminarayan temple in Pakistan

Background imageHindu Collection: Hindu Sahdus near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

Hindu Sahdus near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Two Sadhus pose for a photograph on a road near Orchha, Madhya Pradesh Province, India. In Hinduism, sadhu is a common term for an ascetic or practitioner of yoga (yogi)

Background imageHindu Collection: Bapsy Pavry

Bapsy Pavry
Miss Bapsy Pavry, later Marchioness of Winchester and author of " The Heroines of Ancient Persia". She was the daughter of the Parsi High Priest of Bombay

Background imageHindu Collection: Vishnu and Lakshmi, Hindu gods

Vishnu and Lakshmi, Hindu gods
Vishnu and his wife Lakshmi, Hindu gods, sitting on a couch

Background imageHindu Collection: Indonesian Dancer

Indonesian Dancer
A Javanese dancer in a sculpturesque pose which shows the relation of this style with ancient Hindu reliefs. The scarf is used to accentuate the movement

Background imageHindu Collection: Melchet Park, Wiltshire

Melchet Park, Wiltshire
The Hindoo Temple in the grounds of Melchet Park, Wiltshire Date: 1802

Background imageHindu Collection: Hanuman and Rama

Hanuman and Rama
Rama put his trust in the ape Hanuman (son of the wind god) to find his abducted wife Sita. He gives Hanuman his signet ring to give to Sita for a sign

Background imageHindu Collection: Jain monks arriving in New Delhi after fleeing Western Punja

Jain monks arriving in New Delhi after fleeing Western Punja
Victims of the violence sweeping through India following Partition in 1947 - Jain monks arrive at Willingdon airport, New Delhi from the Gujranwala district north of Lahore in Western Punjab

Background imageHindu Collection: Gopuram - Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, India

Gopuram - Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam, India
Gopuram of the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Thiruvarangam) - a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a form of the Supreme God, Maha Vishnu, located in Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India

Background imageHindu Collection: The concept of the universe: the hindu cosmic turtle

The concept of the universe: the hindu cosmic turtle
The concept of the universe: the cosmic turtle featuring a snake (cobra) and elephants

Background imageHindu Collection: The Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple) dedicated to Lord Shiva

The Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple) dedicated to Lord Shiva, Varanasi (Benares), Uttar Pradesh, India. The Temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga

Background imageHindu Collection: Nashik - an ancient holy city in the northern region of the Indian state of Maharashtra

Nashik - an ancient holy city in the northern region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Situated on the banks of river Godavari - this card shows the fine stone bridge over the river

Background imageHindu Collection: Hindu Shrine at edge of Street in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Hindu Shrine at edge of Street in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan (at this stage still in Northern India). Date: circa 1910s

Background imageHindu Collection: Vera Mirova in her snake dance, 1928

Vera Mirova in her snake dance, 1928
Vera Mirova, who specialises in authentic oriental (from Burma, Java, Japan and East India) dances, in her snake dance, 1928 which she was performing in New York Date: 1928

Background imageHindu Collection: Interior of Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram Island, India

Interior of Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram Island, India
Interior (The Great Corridor) of Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram Island, Tamil Nadu, India, a Hindu temple in Dravidian style dedicated to the god Shiva. Date: circa early 1930s

Background imageHindu Collection: Chandalas, lower-caste Hindus, India

Chandalas, lower-caste Hindus, India
Chandalas, lower-caste Hindus in India, deemed to be untouchable because they dispose of dead bodies. Date: 1843

Background imageHindu Collection: Body suspension festival of Mariatal or Chidi Mari, India

Body suspension festival of Mariatal or Chidi Mari, India
Festival of Mariatal, Churrack-Pooja, Carak Puja or Chidi Mari, near Pondicheri, India. Hindu devotees are suspended by hooks in the skin from long poles

Background imageHindu Collection: Hindu Lady worshipping Tulsi (Plants)

Hindu Lady worshipping Tulsi (Plants)
Hindu Lady worshipping Tulsi. Tulsi or Tulasi (Holy basil) or Vrinda is a sacred plant in Hindu belief. Hindus regard it as an earthly manifestation of the goddess Tulsi/Vrinda; she is regarded as a

Background imageHindu Collection: INDIA. Ajanta. Ajanta Caves. Face of a woman. Detail

INDIA. Ajanta. Ajanta Caves. Face of a woman. Detail in one of the Jataka reincarnations and episodes of life of Budha. Mural painting, 6th-7th c. Hindu art. Gupta period. Fresco

Background imageHindu Collection: God Hanuman. Hindu art

God Hanuman. Hindu art

Background imageHindu Collection: India - Calcutta - Hindu Goddess Kali early 1900s

India - Calcutta - Hindu Goddess Kali early 1900s

Background imageHindu Collection: Hindu Temple at Goraknath, near Gorakhpur, North India

Hindu Temple at Goraknath, near Gorakhpur, North India
Hindu Temple at Goraknath (Gorakhnath), near Gorakhpur, North India (now in Pakistan) Date: 19th century

Background imageHindu Collection: Krishna playing flute, painting by Ranada Ukil

Krishna playing flute, painting by Ranada Ukil

Background imageHindu Collection: The Sheep-Eater of Hindustan

The Sheep-Eater of Hindustan, No. 1, Lifting the sheep from the ground with his teeth only. 1832

Background imageHindu Collection: Qui Hi's Last March to Padree Burrows's Go Down

Qui Hi's Last March to Padree Burrows's Go Down. An illustration to The Grand Master or Adventures of Qui Hi? in Hindostan. A Hudibrastic Poem in eight cantos by Quiz

Background imageHindu Collection: Hindu Burning Ghat - Nimtala, Kolkata

Hindu Burning Ghat - Nimtala, Kolkata
The Hindu Burning Ghat (site of cremations) - Nimtala, Kolkata Date: circa 1910s

Background imageHindu Collection: Cremation on the bnaks of the Ganges - Benares

Cremation on the bnaks of the Ganges - Benares
Benares, India - Cremation area on banks of the Ganges. Bodies wrapped in cloth await the ceremonial burning at the waters edge. circa 1920s

Background imageHindu Collection: CUSTOMS/SUTTEE

CUSTOMS/SUTTEE
Women prepare for a suttee of a Hindu widow Date: circa 1840

Background imageHindu Collection: RELIGION/INDIA/KALI

RELIGION/INDIA/KALI
KALI, the fearsome Hindu goddess of death, watches while a sacrifical victim is put painfully to death



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