General view of a Jain temple near the Kumbha Shyama Temple, Chittaurgarh [Chitorgarh]
Photographer: Baudesson, O.S.
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph was taken in 1882 for the Archaeological Survey of India. It shows a general view of a Jain temple, in semi-ruinous condition, possibly the Satbis Deori Temple. The temple lies near the Kumbha Shyama Temple precinct in the fort of Chitor. Chitorgarh in the modern-day state of Rajasthan was an important Rajput fortress throughout the medieval period. It served as a political capital, despite being sacked by both Ala-u'd-din Khalji in 1303 and Bahadur Shah of Gujarat in 1535, until it was finally taken by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1567. It was later returned to Rajput control but never regained such prominence again.