Datar Mukbara [Junagadh]
Photographer: Solankee Studio
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Datar Dargah at Mount Girnar near Junagadh in Gujarat, taken by an unknown photographer, possibly the Solankee Studio, Rajkot, in c.1900. The Dargah shown in this view is the tomb of a Muslim saint, probably that of Saint
Jamial Shah Datar. The building is ornately carved and crowned with a large onion dome and small minarets in a style similar to the unusual mausoleums, known as maqbara, of Junagadh's Muslim rulers. It is probably the shrine situated at the bottom of Datar Hill, one of the five peaks of Mount Girnar. Also known as Guru Dattatray or Dattatri, the hill is sacred to Muslims and there is also a small shrine on the summit associated with the saint, visited by sufferers of leprosy in hope of a cure. Mount Girnar is three kilometres (two miles) east of Junagadh and the highest point on the Saurashtra peninsula. It has been an important religious centre and site of pilgrimage since the 3rd century BC, being particularly sacred to the Jains. The photograph is 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.’ Lord Curzon served as Viceroy of India between 1899 and 1905 and visited Junagadh in November 1900.