Invocation of the demi-gods at the new temple in south-west corner of the Vallabhai Tuk, Satrunjaya
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the ceremony of the invocation of the demi-gods in the new temple in the south-west corner of the Vallabhai Tuk at Satrunjaya, taken by Henry Cousens around 1890. Satrunjaya is located in Gujarat. The view shows the scaffolding erected at the entrance to the temple with the work in progress. In 1897, Burgess and Cousens in their 'List of Antiquarian Remains in the Bombay Presidency' state that this temple was set up seven years ago (i.e. 1890). 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 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.