Mount Abu, Jain Temple, interior
Photographer: Bourne and Shepherd
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Adinatha Temple in Mount Abu from James Burgess' 'Photographs of Architecture and Scenery in Gujarat and Rajputana' taken by Colin Murray in c.1872. Mount Abu is an important place for Jain pilgrimage renowned for the group of temples at Dilwara. This photograph shows the Adinatha or Vimala Vasahi Temple, founded in 1032 by Vimala a minister under the Solanki rulers. The temple which represents an early example of the Jain style in western India is entirely built in white marble carved with great intricacy. The columns have carved figures in niches, friezes of scrollwork and stylised ornaments; the bracket are fashioned as maidens; the large corbelled domes and vaults are decorated with rows of dancers, musicians, horses and elephants arranged around medallions and lotuses with clusters of pendant buds.