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View from above looking north of the Jain temples at Girnar Hill, near Junagadh

View from above looking north of the Jain temples at Girnar Hill, near Junagadh

Photographer: Sykes, D.H.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/7(798)

Item number: 798

Length: 24.4

Width: 31.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Jain temples on the Girnar Hill, near Junagadh, in Gujarat, from above, from the Archaeological Survey of India, taken by D.H. Sykes around 1869. The holy Mount Girnar rises more than 900 metres on the outskirts of Junagadh. It was an important pilgrimage centre since the 3rd century BC. The mountain is particularly sacred to the Jains but there are also several Hindu temples and a Muslim shrine. At a height of about 650 metres there is a group of sixteen Jain sanctuaries dedicated to Neminatha. The temples were built in the 12th-13th centuries during the Solanki period and in later centuries.

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