Ancient Jain Temple at Ajmer
Artist: Storer, James Sargent (1771-1853)
Engraving of a Jain temple at Ajmer by James Sargent Storer (1771-1853) and Henry Sargan. Plate 20 from James Tod's 'Annals and antiquities of Rajast'han or the Central and Western Rajpoot States of India' published in London in 1829.
The town of Ajmer is situated next to the Ana Sagar Lake at the foot of Taragarh Hill, which rises 870 metres above sea level. Of this temple, Tod recorded: '...the columns are most worthy of attention; they are unique in design, and with the exception of the cave temples, probably amongst the oldest now existing in India...There may be forty columns but not two are alike. The ornaments at the base are peculiar, both as to form and execution; the lozenges ...might be transferred...to the Gothic cathedrals of Europe.'