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Birds' eye view of Jain Temples, Girnar [Junagadh]

Birds' eye view of Jain Temples, Girnar [Junagadh]

Photographer: Solankee Studio

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1900

Shelfmark: Photo 430/38(39)

Item number: 4303839

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection: 'Presented with feelings of friendship and sincere admiration to Lord Curzon of Kedleston, Viceroy and Governor-General of India, by H.H. Rasulkhanji, Navab Junagadha. 1900', of a view of the Jain temples on the Girnar mountain taken by the Solankee Studio, Rajkot, in c.1900. The Girnar mountain near Junagadh rises more than 900 metres above the plain. It is particularly sacred to the Jains and was an important pilgrimage centre since the 3rd Century BC as indicated by the inscriptions on a boulder with the edicts of the emperor Ashoka and the proclamations of a Kshatrapa and a Gupta ruler. Along the principal path that leads to the central peak there are gateways, shrines and tanks and the principal group consist of 16 Jain sanctuaries dedicated to Neminatha. These temples date from the Solanki period and later.

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