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[Datar Temple, Junagadh]

[Datar Temple, Junagadh]

Photographer: Nelson, F.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 2/6(57)

Item number: 2657

Length: 29.7

Width: 24.45

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Datar Dargah at Mount Girnar near Junagadh in Gujarat, taken by the travelling commercial photographer F. Nelson in the 1890s from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Photographs of Junagadh'. Mount Girnar is three kilometres (two miles) east of Junagadh and the highest point on the Saurashtra peninsula. The Dargah shown in this view is the tomb of a Muslim saint, probably that of Saint Jamal Shah Datar. It is ornately carved and crowned with a large onion dome and small minarets in a style similar to the unusual mausoleums of Junagadh's Muslim rulers, known as maqbara. It is probably the shrine situated at the bottom of Datar Hill, one of the five peaks of Mount Girnar. Also known as Guru Dattatray or Dattatri, the hill is sacred to Muslims and there is also a small shrine on the summit associated with the saint, visited by sufferers of leprosy in hope of a cure.

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