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The Jumma Masjid [Junagadh]

The Jumma Masjid [Junagadh]

Photographer: Solankee Studio

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1900

Shelfmark: Photo 430/38(12)

Item number: 4303812

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection: 'Presented with feelings of friendship and sincere admiration to Lord Curzon of Kedleston, Viceroy and Governor-General of India, by H.H. Rasulkhanji, Navab Junagadha. 1900', of the Jami Masjid in the Uparkot at Junagadh in Gujarat, taken by a photographer of the Solankee Studio around 1900. The old town of Junagadh was the capital of Gujarat in the second-fourth centuries under the Kshatrapa rulers. The Uparkot, the old citadel, is situated to the north-east of the town. It was a stronghold of the Maurya and Gupta empires. It is entered through three massive gateways cut in the solid rock. The Jami Masjid is situated inside the fort; it was built with the remains of a former Hindu temple. The notice outside the building reads, '...built by prime minister Sheikh Baha-ud-din Bahar in 1891-1896 at his own expense of Rs. 84,559.' The mosque has bulbous domes and minarets.

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