Side view of a child's carriage, drawn by a carved horse, Satrunjaya
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a child's carriage, drawn by a carved horse, at Satrunjaya in Gujarat, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens c.1880-1890. Located in Gujarat, Satrunjaya is an ancient Jain place of pilgrimage where it is believed that 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 town of Palitana, there are many hundreds of multi-spired temples where every day pilgrims come to pay reverence to a variety of Jain saints. The sanctuaries are grouped in fortified enclosures or tuks, named after their founders and are not earlier than the 16th Century. Highly decorated carriages like this one were used by families to display their wealth.