Image of Shambunatha in Mansingh Bhojaraja's Temple, Girnar Hill, Near Junagadh
Photographer: Sykes, D.H.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of an image of a Tirthankara, a Jain saint, in Mansingh Bhojaraja's Temple on the Girnar Hill in Gujarat, from the Archaeological Survey of India, taken by D.H. Sykes in 1869. The Girnar mountain rises more than 900 metres above the plain above Junagadh and is particularly sacred to the Jains. It was an important pilgrimage centre since the 3rd century BC as indicated by the inscriptions found on a boulder with the edicts of the emperor Ashoka. On the central peak, at a height of 650 metres, there is a group of 16 Jain sanctuaries. The temple in this view, known as the Neminatha Temple, was built in the Solanki period in 1128, with later additions. The temple stands in a court surrounded by a colonnade of seventy chambers. There is a corbelled dome over the central dome, typical of the Solanki period.