The Dattatri Hills from Gorakhnath [Junagadh]
Photographer: Solankee Studio
Medium: Photographic print
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 Dattatri Hills, taken in c.1900 by the Solankee Studio, Rajkot. Mount Girnar lies 3km east of Junagadh and is the highest point in the Saurashtra peninsula. It has been an important religious centre since the 3rd century BC and is particularly sacred to the Jains. The Dattatri hill, also known as Guru Dattatray or Datar, is one of five peaks on the mountain and is seen in this view from Gorakhnath, the highest peak. A small muslim shrine visible on the summit is associated with Saint Jamial Shah Datar and is visited by sufferers of leprosy in hope of a cure. The hill is sacred to Muslims and the main shrine is at the bottom of the hill.