Roadway lined with temples leading to the Adishvara Bhagarai Temple, Satrunjaya
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a roadway lined with temples leading to the Adishvara Bhagarai Temple at Satrunjaya, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s-90s. Satrunjaya is an ancient Jain place of pilgrimage where Pundarika, the main disciple of the first Jain Tirthankara, Adinatha, obtained enlightenment. On the two summits of the hill, which rise 600 m above the plain around the town of Palitana, there are many hundreds of multi-spired temples where every day pilgrims come to pay reverence to the different Jain saints. The sanctuaries are grouped in fortified enclosures or tuks, named after their founders and most are not earlier than the 16th century. The Adishvara Temple, situated on the south ridge of the hill, is very imposing with its double-storey mandapa and its tall spire made of clusters of miniature temple towers.