Monday, June 11, 2012

Kashmir Illustrations, 1854

Illustrations from  'Church Missionary Intelligencer' (1854), a book that among other things has an account of a bunch of Christian missionaries in Kashmir getting chased around by Muslim mobs and getting asked 'trick' questions by a Pandit.


Baramulla on the Jailum, Kashmir
The geography of this place has been messing with my mind. Previously, I believed that the hillock in the background was misplaced, a figment of western imagination that mixed up Srinagar and Baramulla. It turns out that the composition of illustration is in all probability correct. The doubt created  my native imagination. This is Sumbul Bridge in Baramulla ( and the hillock is probably Aha Teng ?)

Bridge at Srinagur
Shah Hamadan
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  1. Manmohan Munshi (via an email) explained the geography of the first image:
    "The sketch is of a former Bridge over the Jhelum river at Baramula, confirmed by the rampart like approaches. and the mountains in the background are Kaznag and Shamasabri an extension of the Pir Panjal Range across the Jhelum. Srinagar Sumbal and Ahteng have nothing to do with this sketch. While Baramula is downstream of the passage of Jhelum through the Wular Lake and Sumbal is upstream of the passage through Wular,both places separated by a distance of about kms as the crow flies. Ahteng is an isolated hill north of Sumbal and south of Manasbal Lake separated by the saddle of Qazibagh from the Sogpat/ North Kashmir Range as Shankracharya hill is separated from Shri Davhara / Zabarwan Hills near Srinagar."

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