Girnar Temples [Junagadh. View of temples in Ra Khengar's Palace enclosure]
Photographer: Nelson, F.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Jain temples in Ra Khengar’s Palace on Mount Girnar near Junagadh in Gujarat, taken by the travelling commercial photographer F. Nelson in the 1890s. The album is inscribed: “With best compliments from H.H. Rasulkhanji, Nawab of Junagadh (India)” and was formerly in the collection of Sir William Lee-Warner (1846-1912), who served in the Indian Civil Service and was a Member of the Council of India between 1902 and 1912.
Mount Girnar lies three kilometres (two miles) east of Junagadh and is the highest point on the Saurashtra peninsula. It has been an important pilgrimage site since the 3rd century BC, being particularly sacred to the Jains. This is a view of Jain temples in the complex of sixteen dedicated to Neminatha, built in the 12th and 13th centuries during the Solanki period and in later centuries. The palace, probably built by a king of the Chudasama Dynasty, forms part of the complex.