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Shrine with tirthankara image in the Jhavari Premchand Temple, Satrunjaya

Shrine with tirthankara image in the Jhavari Premchand Temple, Satrunjaya

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2089)

Item number: 10032089

Length: 37

Width: 28.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a shrine with a tirthankara image in the Jhavari Premchand Temple, at Satrunjaya, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens in the1880s-90s. This view shows the shrine with a tirthankara or saviour image seated within. The shrine is flanked by richly-carved pillars. 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 are not earlier than the 16th century as many were destroyed during the 14th-15th centuries.

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