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Gold and silver car, Satrunjaya

Gold and silver car, Satrunjaya

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2092)

Item number: 10032092

Length: 28.4

Width: 37

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a gold and silver car at Satrunjaya, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s-1890s. Satrunjaya is an ancient Jain place of pilgrimage where Pundarika, the main disciple of the first Jain Tirthankara, Adinatha, obtained enlightenment. On the two summits of the hill, which rise 600 m above the plain around the town of Palitana, there are many hundreds of multi-spired temples where every day pilgrims come to pay reverence to the different Jain saints. The sanctuaries are grouped in fortified enclosures or tuks, named after their founders and are not earlier than the 16th Century as many were destroyed during the 14th-15th Centuries. This is a side view of a carriage from a temple at Satrunjaya drawn by metal horses standing on a trolley.

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