[Burning Ghat at Damodar temple, Junagadh.]
Photographer: Nelson, F.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a burning ghat at the Damodar Temple at Junagadh in Gujarat, taken by the travelling commercial photographer F. Nelson in the 1890s from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Photographs of Junagadh'. The Damodar Temple is situated next to the Sonarekha river, and this view shows the place beside the river where cremations were carried out according to Hindu funerary customs. In the distance is Mount Girnar, which lies three kilometres (two miles) east of Junagadh and is the highest point on the Saurashtra peninsula. The mountain has been an important pilgrimage site since the 3rd century BC. It is particularly sacred to the Jains but also to Muslims and Hindus and there are a number of temples on it and in the environs.