Jain Temple, Mount Aboo
Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd (Samuel Bourne 1834-1912)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of the Parshvanatha Temple on Mount Abu in Rajasthan, taken by Bourne & Shepherd in the 1870s. The group of Jain temples at Dilwara on Mount Abu continue to be an important Jain site of pilgrimage and the temples are also prime examples of the western Indian architectural style. They are built entirely of white marble carved with extraordinarily delicate and intricate detail. The Parshvanatha Temple dates from 1459. This view shows the mandapa (columned hall) containing the temple shrine with a large corbelled dome in the foreground. The architecture is entirely covered with carvings of figures in niches, friezes, lotus flowers and scrollwork and is known for its ornate ceiling.