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sikra crowned by the amålika ornament
preach. Discovered at Sarnath, 1905
He will sit like a living Buddha, motionless”
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Page Dasâsamcdh Ghât ·
107 The 'Temple of Sitala
114 A Sanskrit School
116 Carved Snakes at Chauki Ghât
118 An Aghori A Suttee-Stone Another venerable hermit, seated on a leopard's skin".
123 Shivala Ghất
127 Balcony of Man Singh's Observatory
129 The Nepalese Temple
131 The Shrine of Ganga
133 “Groups of women ... are performing puja”.
· 135 “ Like a painted frieze from Pompeii, or the decoration of an antique
139 Scindhia Ghât
141 An Encainpment of Sådhus
145 The Buildings at Ghôsla Ghât
147 The Head of Bhima
148 Bhima completed
149 Lamps for the Pitris
151 Lamp-stand at Panchganga
152 “Three old women, who pause to barter with a seller of pots and
pans, unconsciously posing themselves in their classic drapery
153 Palhvad Ghât
156 A Vaishnavite Nun reading the Ramayana
157 The Salagram Stone
161 Plan of Hindu Roofing The Temple of Durgâ, or “Monkey Temple”.
167 Mask of Shiva
169 In the Ahmety Temple: a Brahmin performing his sandhya The Ahmêty Temple.
171 A Sacrificial Spoon ·
175 The Temple at Ramnagar
· 178 Mask of Bhaironath
. 181 The Well of knowledge
183 The Panch-kôsi Road
189 A Village Deity
· 190 The Temple and Tank at Khandawa
191 Ancient Carving, Khan-lawa Temple
193 “Thin vaporous clouds of smoke rise from the funeral pyres. The
slanting rays of the morning sun cast long shadows across the
195 Ancient l'otive Stones Tomb of Lal Khan
203 " An idyll of peace and self-satisfactica
IN THE VEDIC TIMES
History, in the conventional European sense, has never possessed much interest for the Hindu mind. Thoroughly permeated with the idea of the unreality of material things, the Brahmin priesthood, while taking extraordinary precautions to preserve their inheritance of spiritual culture, have never troubled themselves to mark the footprints which kings and dynasties leave upon the sands of time. It is chiefly through the exertions of European scholars, with the help of the old Buddhist records, that the main outlines of Indian history, previous to the Muhammadan invasions, have been made intelligible.
The detailed history of the petty kingdoms into which northern India was divided would probably possess little interest, even if it were sisted out of the wild legends which Eastern imagination has woven into it. Benares will always possess supreme interest as the chief centre of the evolution of two of the great world-religions — Brahminism and Buddhism; but while the development of Buddhism can be, to some extent, traced and mapped out with exact dates and events, the history of Brahminism must always be regarded from a different stand-point.