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Mangroli Shah Durgah at Prabhas Patan [Somnath].

Mangroli Shah Durgah at Prabhas Patan [Somnath].

Photographer: Solankee Studio

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1900

Shelfmark: Photo 430/38(53)

Item number: 4303853

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Mangroli Shah’s Tomb at Somnath in Gujarat, taken in c.1900 by an unknown photographer, possibly the Solankee Studio, Rajkot. Somnath is situated on the west coast of Saurashtra overlooking the Arabian Sea 6 km (four miles) east of Veraval. Also known as Prabhas Patan, it is a centre of Hindu pilgrimage. There are various ruined monuments and shrines in the surrounding area. Beginning with Mahmud of Ghazni in 1024, Somnath was taken by sucessive Muslim invaders and the caption of this photograph describes the tomb as a dargah, the shrine or tomb of a notable Muslim saint. The photograph is from the Curzon Collection: ‘Presented with feelings of friendship and sincere admiration to Lord Curzon of Kedleston, Viceroy and Governor-General of India, by H.H. Rasulkhanji, Navab Junagadha 1900.’ Lord Curzon served as Viceroy of India between 1899 and 1905 and visited Junagadh in November 1900.

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