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Interior of the Bhulavani, Satrunjaya

Interior of the Bhulavani, Satrunjaya

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2052)

Item number: 10032052

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the interior of the Bhulavani, Satrunjaya taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s-90s. Satrunjaya is an ancient Jain place of pilgrimage where it is believed that 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. Everyday pilgrims come to pay reverence to a variety of Jain saints. The sanctuaries are grouped in fortified enclosures or tuks, named after their founders. The Bhulavani or Labyrinth is a large building divided into a series of small crypt-like chambers with an elaborate domed ceiling. The central shrine has an unusual opening in the floor which enables one to look at an image in a sunken storey. The pillars have tall square bases and polygonal shafts with ornamental motifs.

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