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[General view of] Girnar Temples [Junagadh]

[General view of] Girnar Temples [Junagadh]

Photographer: Nelson, F.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 2/6(47)

Item number: 47

Length: 21.1

Width: 29

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

This panoramic view of the Girnar temples near Junagadh in Gujarat was taken in the 1890s by F. Nelson and is part of the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Photographs of Junagadh'. The holy Girnar mountain in Gujarat rises more than 900 metres above the plain in the outskirts of Junagadh. It is particularly sacred to the Jains and was an important pilgrimage centre since the third century BC as indicated by the inscriptions on a boulder with the edicts of the emperor Ashoka and the proclamations of a Kshatrapa and a Gupta ruler. At a height of about 650 metres there is a group of sixteen Jain sanctuaries dedicated to Neminatha which constitute a temple city. These temples date from the Solanki period and later centuries and are regrouped in enclosures called tuks.

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