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Girnar Hill from the Uparkot, Junagadh

Girnar Hill from the Uparkot, Junagadh

Photographer: Sykes, D.H.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/7(797)

Item number: 797

Length: 23

Width: 28.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Mount Girnar from the Uparkot, Junagadh, in Gujarat, from the Archaeological Survey of India, taken by D.H. Sykes in c.1869. This is a distant view, with an unidentified shrine in foreground. Uparkot is the site of the old citadel, situated below the Girnar mountain rises more than 900 metres above the plain. Inscriptions on a boulder beside the path leading to Mount Girnar include edicts of the emperor Ashoka indicating that it was an important pilgrimage centre since the 3rd century BC. The area is particularly sacred to the Jains; on a ridge high up on the mountain are a group of sixteen Jain sanctuaries, the largest dedicated to Neminatha, dating to the 12th-15th centuries.

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