The old temple of Somnathji, from the east [Somnath (Patan)]
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 Somanatha Temple at Patan in Gujarat, taken by a photographer of the Solankee Studio at the beginning of the 20th century. Somanatha is a Hindu pilgrimage place on the Arabian Sea considered to be the site of one of Shiva's Jyotirlingas. There is a great Shiva temple that was originally built in the 10th century and later demolished and renovated many times. The temple faces east and consists of a sanctuary with a broad passageway around it and a large central closed hall with three entrances with a porch. The original roof has fallen and was entirely rebuilt and substituted with an Islamic dome with minarets. The sculptures on the exterior have been completely damaged.