Sherring, Matthew A.
The sacred city of the Hindus: an account of Benares in ancient and modern times — London, 1868

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The Man-Mandil Ghat.—Temple of Dalbhyerwar.—Temple of the Moon
or Somes war.—The Man-Mandil Observatory erected by Eaja Jay
Sinh—Description of its Instruments.—The Nepalese Temple.

The Man-Mandil Ghat is principally remarkable for
the old Observatory, situated upon the banks of the
Ganges at this spot, and which will, presently, be
more particularly referred to. This lofty building gives
a noble appearance to the ghat, and commands a fine
view of the river. Near the entrance to it is a col-
lection of ancient idols which have been worn away
by time and perpetual sacrificial ablutions. Several
of these are figures of monkeys, representing the
god Hanuman. A flag waves from the top of a high
staff at this spot, in honour of the Eaja of Jaypore,—
the proprietor of this entire Mahalla or ward of the
city,—whose ancestor Eaja Jay Sinh erected the Ob-
servatory. In a lane leading to the ghat is the
temple of Dalbhyeswar, which deity is supposed to
exercise great power over the clouds, in procuring
rain. The image is in a cistern, low down in the
centre of the temple. If the idol is properly wor-
shipped and kept drenched with water, pious Hin-
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