Unidentified Jain temple, probably in the Vimalavasi Tuk, Satrunjaya
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of an unidentified Jain temple, probably in the Vimalavasi Tuk, Satrunjaya. Satrunjaya is an ancient Jain place of pilgrimage where the first Jain Tirthankara, Rsabhadeva obtained enlightenment. On the two summits of the hill, which rise 600 metres 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 by the Muslims. The Vimalavasi Tuk occupies most of the south ridge and consists of two streets of temples leading to the Adinatha Temple.