[Ruins near the tomb of Mangrole Shah, Somnath (Patan).]
Photographer: Nelson, F.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of ruins near Mangroli Shah’s Tomb at Somnath in Gujarat, taken in c.1900 by an unknown photographer, possibly the Solankee Studio, Rajkot. The album is inscribed: “With best compliments from H.H. Rasulkhanji, Nawab of Junagadh (India)” and was formerly in the collection of Sir William Lee-Warner (1846-1912), who served in the Indian Civil Service and was a Member of the Council of India between 1902 and 1912.
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 buildings including shrines, gateways, wells and tanks in the surrounding area.