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View from behind the Bhulavani - to the N.E. [Satrunjaya]

View from behind the Bhulavani - to the N.E. [Satrunjaya]

Photographer: Sykes and Dwyer

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 968/1(4)

Item number: 96814

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Satrunjaya from James Burgess, 'The Temples of Satrunjaya, the celebrated Jain place of pilgrimage...' by Skyes and Dwyer in 1869. Satrunjaya is an ancient Jain place of pilgrimage where it is believed that Adinatha, the first Jain Tirthankara visited several times and his disciple Pundarika obtained enlightenment. On the two summits of the hill, which rise 600 m above the plain around the town of Palitana in Gujarat, 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. Most of the temples date to the 16th century-earlier temples were destroyed by Muslim invaders in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Bhulavani or Labyrinth is part of the south ridge of the hill.

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