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The Khowasin Stambha, a Jaina tower at Cheetore.

The Khowasin Stambha, a Jaina tower at Cheetore.

Lithographer: Dibdin, Thomas Colman (1810-1893)

Medium: Lithograph, coloured

Date: 1847

Shelfmark: X472

Item number: Plate 8

Length: 30.4

Width: 37.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 8 from James Fergusson's 'Ancient Architecture in Hindostan'. It shows the Kirti Stambha in the citadel at Chittaurgarh (Chitorgarh). The fort is situated on top of a rocky hill standing 152 metres above the surrounding plain.

Among its several monuments is the Kirti Stambha, which was built between the 13th and 15th centuries. It is dedicated to the Jain hero, Adinatha, who is represented by large standing images placed in niches on the lowest storey. The inner staircase ascends the tower's six levels, leading to a summit pavilion with 12 columns, added in the 15th century.

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