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A New Mirror of Kāśī

A new Mirror of Kāśī is a representation of Kailāsanātha Sukula's
historical map Kāśīdarpaṇa (1876) created with the image annotation system HyperImage.

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Kailāsanātha Sukula’s map entitled, Kāśīdarpaṇa, “A mirror of Kāśī”, was printed in Vārāṇasī in 1876 at the Vidyodaya Press. Five lithographic stone cuts were printed on cloth as well as on paper, and the map’s dimensions are 79 x 92 cm. The circulation of this map, which was described by the British administration as “a rude sketch of the city of Benares”, amounted to the considerable number of 5000 copies. Prints of the map are preserved in the Bharat Kalā Bhavan (Vārāṇasī), the British Library (Cat. no. 53345.2), and in private collections.

This relaunch is based on the website published in 2001 by the Vārāṇasī Research Project of the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University. The existing data of the interactive map “Kailāsanātha Sukula's Mirror of Kāśī (Kāśīdarpaṇa, 1876). A Historical Map of Vārāṇasī based on the Kāśīkhaṇḍa and related Texts” have been converted to Unicode standard (utf-8) and are presented as HyperImage application.  

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Resource types: Image, Text, Map
Time period: 1876
Languages: Sanskrit, Hindi, English


Highlights from this resource

Lighttables allow users to freely arrange, resize and zoom all images available in a project.
Map with more than 600 annotated layers.


  • Screenshot from "A New Mirror of Kāśī" showing the start page of the HyperImage Reader