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View of the Southern Summit and Balabhai Temple [Satrunjaya]

View of the Southern Summit and Balabhai Temple [Satrunjaya]

Photographer: Sykes and Dwyer

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 968/1(22)

Item number: 968122

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Vallabhai Temple and tuk in foreground, with southern summit beyond, 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. There are many hundreds of multi-spired temples on the two summits of the hill in the town of Palitana, Gujarat. The sanctuaries are grouped in fortified enclosures or tuks, named after their founders. The Vallabhai temple stands in a tuk with round towers at the corners. It was built in 1836 and has a finely clustered spire rising above the sanctuary. The porches are double-storey and are crowned by fluted domes.

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