Photographer: Solankee Studio
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Harman-Dhara at Junagadh, Gujarat, taken in c.1900 by the Solankee Studio, Rajkot from the Photograph from the Curzon Collection: 'Presented with feelings of friendship and sincere admiration to Lord Curzon of Kedleston, Viceroy and Governor-General of India, by H.H. Rasulkhanji, Navab Junagadha. 1900'. The Harman-Dhara was one of three kunds or pools with religious significance in the environs of Junagadh. In this view an ascetic is shown seated on the rock beside the source, a spring which emerges from the rocks. Water is a sacred agent of purification in Hinduism and the holy sites of India, referred to as tirthas, or fords, are often associated with rivers, lakes, springs and tanks among other natural features of the landscape.