Ghat on the Mana Sarovar Tank, Viramgam 1948
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the ghat or bathing steps on the Mana Sarovar Tank at Viramgam in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This tank was built in about 1090 by Minal Devi, the mother of Sidh Raja, King of Avhilvada (1094-1143). Avhilvada, now Patan, was capital of Gujarat in the 11th-12th centuries under the Solanki rulers. The temples near the tank are dedicated to Krishna and Mahadeva. This is a view of the tank with numerous small shrines on the steps and figures bathing at the water's edge.