View of the Southern Ridge from the Vallabhai Tuk, Satrunjaya
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Southern Ridge from the Vallabhai Tuk at Satrunjaya, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s-90s. 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 plain around the town of Palitana, there are many hundreds of multi-spired temples. Everyday pilgrims come to pay reverence to the different Jain saints. The sanctuaries are grouped in fortified enclosures or tuks, named after their founders. The Vallabhai Temple dates from the 19th century.