Ashoka Inscription on rock at the foot of Girnar Hill, near Junagadh
Photographer: Sykes, D.H.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Ashoka Inscription on a rock at the foot of the Girnar Hill, near Junagadh, in Gujarat, from the Archaeological Survey of India, taken by D.H. Sykes in 1869. The rock shown in this view is found beside the path leading up to Mount Girnar. The earliest inscriptions on the rock are from the 3rd century BC with an edict of the Maurya emperor Ashoka. Later inscriptions are proclamations of the Kshatrapa and Gupta rulers. Nearby Junagadh was the captial of Gujarat in the 2nd-4th centuries under the Kshatrapa rulers. The area is sacred to both Buddhists and Jains; there are monastic complexes exacavated into the rocks and a collection of Jain temples, from the 12th to 15th centuries, built on a ridge at Mount Girnar.